Irwin and Lyons were just over a week into filming a series called Ocean's Deadliest on the Great Barrier Reef in September 2006 when they took an inflatable boat a short distance from the main vessel carrying the rest of the crew in the hope of finding a tiger shark, Lyons said. Steve incurred a huge gash across his chest, his heart pierced by the stingray’s barb. The only witness of the attack was cameraman Justin Lyons who spoke to Australia's Channel Ten in 2014. Chan’s death echoed the most famous stingray attack, the fatal encounter between Australian wildlife celebrity Steve Irwin and a large bull ray in 2006. His left foot was now purple and swelling. Justin Lyons, a regular underwater cameraman for Irwin and a close friend, said the jagged barb punctured Irwin's chest dozens of times, causing a massive injury to his heart. "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. When threatened, their primary reaction is to swim away. The cameraman who witnessed the death of the Australian "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin on Monday revealed that a stingray stabbed at him "hundreds of times" and his … I thought – this is going to be a great shot, fantastic. “I looked down at myself and I had a black wetsuit on, but it was just red (with blood). ", Lyons added: "He had a two-inch wide injury over his heart, with blood and fluid coming out of it. Only two have been reported in Australian waters since 1945. Liam is said to be recovering well at home Source:Supplied. He just sort of calmly looked up at me and said, 'I'm dying.' Australian crocodile hunter Steve Irwin died in a stingray attack in September 2006 when a barb pierced his chest. "He was having trouble breathing. While what happened to Steve Irwin is a tragedy, Henningsen notes it’s extremely rare to have a vital organ punctured by a stingray barb. Justin speculated … As we're motoring back I'm screaming at one of the other crew in the boat to put their hand over the wound and we're saying to him things like, 'Think of your kids, Steve, hang on, hang on, hang on.' The stingray returned the favor by charging at the man, stopping short of stinging him. Mr Irwin, 44, died after being struck in the chest by the stingray's barb while he was filming a documentary in Queensland's Great Barrier Reef. He assumes the animal mistook Irwin's shadow for a tiger shark, its main prey. For further details of our complaints policy and to make a complaint please click this link: thesun.co.uk/editorial-complaints/, Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed, James Taylor is to undergo plastic surgery on his facial wounds, The surfer was attacked when he dived under water, He said he felt a slash on his face and when he came up blood was pouring from his wound, Steve Irwin was speared in the heart with a stingray barb, Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). Paramedics from Cairns rushed to the scene but were unable to save him. I'd hate for this to happen to somebody else.". We pay for your stories! Out of respect for his family, I would say never. A surfer and snorkeler were seen floating over the large bull stingray, known as Raymond, at Tamarama Beach, appearing to be unaware of the huge sea creature right beneath them. Instead they came across a 2.4-metre-wide stingray, and entered chest-deep water to film it. "There were children down there last night swimming, walking in the shallows. An 8ft stingray suddenly struck out, possibly thinking Irwin’s shadow was a predatory tiger shark. A SURFER is recovering in hospital after being bitten by a poisonous stingray at a beach in Australia. He is to undergo plastic surgery for his wounds and is urging others to take care in the water. For other inquiries, Contact Us. Last year, footage showed a beachgoer writhing on the sand in agony after his genitals were jabbed by a stingray's barbed tail. IT'S been 11 years since Steve Irwin tragically died after a stingray barb pierced his heart, but now one US doctor has made an extraordinary claim the crocodile hunter "didn’t have to die". Rather than try to answer them all individually I have created this page that covers most of the questions that people have been asking: What do Stingray use their barbs for? It was only when Lyons helped put Irwin on the inflatable boat he realised the extent of the damage. After Mr Taylor was attacked, he called a friend who drove him to a nearby hospital, where doctors told him he was lucky to be alive. It is a huge and normally docile fish which spends most of its time buried in sand. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images. "It's a jagged, sharp barb and it went through his chest like a hot knife through butter. I had a quick shower and there was just red everywhere," he said. "I just felt a massive slash on my cheek and once I came up, I just saw the blood," he told WAtoday. Worldwide, death by stingray is similarly rare, with only one or two fatal attacks reported each year. Steve Irwin, the man known around the world as the "Crocodile Hunter," has died in a stingray attack off the Great Barrier Reef. ", Irwin was returned to the main boat and Lyons tried to revive him: "We hoped for a miracle. His widow Terri Irwin, with whom he had two children, continues to operate Australia Zoo. All of a sudden it propped on its front and started stabbing wildly with its tail, hundreds of strikes in a few seconds," said Lyons. Lyons said he initially did not realise his friend was hurt: "I panned with the camera as the stingray swam away. The short-tail can grow up to 14 feet long and tip the scales at more than 750 pounds. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. Stingrays generally do not attack aggressively or even actively defend themselves. "You don't know what's hiding in that seaweed. One of the most famous attacks happened in 2006, when Steve Irwin, the TV presenter known as the "Crocodile Hunter," died after a stingray barb went through his chest, in … The stingray's tail spine, or barb, has serrated edges and a sharp point or barb. Worldwide, death by stingray is similarly rare, with only one or two fatal attacks reported each year. Teacher reveals his excruciating injuries after accidentally stepping on a stingray - leaving a five-inch barb impaled in his leg. James Taylor was in the water at when he felt a searing pain on his face - in a chilling echo of the attack that killed Steve Irwin. He also insisted that, contrary to reports at the time, Steve did NOT try and remove the barb, saying: "The stingray barb was a blade of about a foot extending out of the tail. RELATED: CONFIRMED: Bindi Irwin's Joyful News - 'A Pregnant Bride!' He was filming in shallow waters in the Great Barrier Reef when a short-tail stingray stabbed him in the chest with its barb. Steve didn’t pull it out; it’s a jagged, sharp barb and it went through Steve’s chest like a hot knife through butter." Before Steve Irwin’s stingray attack, only two other fatal attacks had been recorded in Australia. It wasn't until I panned the camera back and Steve was standing in a huge pool of blood that I realised something had gone wrong. Boy stung by stingray, has surgery to remove barb - YouTube We pay for videos too. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society named its island-class patrol vessel MY Steve Irwin after Irwin. These usually involve unwitting waders who … ", Cameraman tells of moment Australian naturalist's chest was repeatedly pierced by barb, and his last words – 'I'm dying', Steve Irwin realised that the stingray's barb had punctured his lung but not his heart, Justin Lyons told Australia's Network Ten television. The stingray's barb … Stingray Barbs and the Dangers Posed by Stingrays . A 42-year-old man died last year after being attacked while swimming in Tasmania. Fatal stingray attacks on humans are exceedingly rare. Having just taken a dip in the sea, the man reportedly ran back onto the beach crying in pain after the stingray's barbed tail found its way into his swim shorts and hooked onto his genitals. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Police searching for missing boy, 16, find body in woods in sleepy village, Piers Morgan admits 'I was a Covidiot' after flouting virus rules in taxi, Strictly in fix row as fans claim HRVY was set up to fail with difficult Rumba, Brexit talks WILL go on but Boris says we can't be locked in EU orbit, Poundland shoppers blast festive till alert which left them 'humiliated', ©News Group Newspapers Limited in England No. An Australian man with an apparent death wish antagonized a stingray at the beach in Gold Coast. ", Another cameraman filmed attempts to save him, following Irwin's strict orders that anything that happened to him during filming should be recorded. Source:Supplied . A compilation of stingrays that we caught in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Perth, Western Australia and a Fiddler Ray or two. Steve's death is believed to be the only stingray fatality ever captured on camera. Footage has been going around of an angry stingray chasing a man. Australian naturalist and television personality Steve Irwin has been killed by a stingray during a diving expedition off the Australian coast. Early life. Email us at tips@the-sun.co.uk or call 0207 782 4368 . How Did Steve Irwin Die? Steve Irwin died tragically died after a stingray barb pierced his heart while he was making documentary on the ocean’s deadliest creatures on the Gold Coast in 2006. "I was conscious the whole time – I wished I wasn't, the pain was excruciating," Cunningham said. Around the world, only one to two fatal attacks are reported every year. Lyons said he did not know what had happened to the footage, and did not think it should ever be shown in any form: "Never. Steve Irwin realised that the stingray's barb had punctured his lung but not his heart, Justin Lyons told Australia's Network Ten television. A stingray injury is caused by the venomous tail spines, stingers or dermal denticles of rays in the order Myliobatiformes, most significantly those belonging to the families Dasyatidae, Urotrygonidae, Urolophidae, and Potamotrygonidae. "I had the camera on. He said the stingray had a ‘jagged barb’ which ‘went through his chest like hot butter.’ ‘He had a about a two-inch injury over his heart with blood-fluid coming out of it,’ said Mr Lyons. I did CPR on him for over an hour before the medics came, but pronounced him dead within 10 seconds of looking at him. A pet stingray called Steve Irwin sunk its 3-inch barb into his owner just days after the man bought it. ” It must be noted that it’s very rare behaviour for a stingray to fatally attack a human. View our online Press Pack. The underside may produce venom, which can be fatal to humans and can remain deadly even after the stingray's death. Fatal attacks by stingrays on humans are extremely rare. "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin dies when a stingray's barb pierces his chest. He said the creature struck when he dived under the water in a patch of thick seaweed. Click here to upload yours. 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. On September 4, 2006, international news declared the death of Steve Irwin from a stingray attack. In the early stages of examining the Steve Irwin accident, some experts have hypothesized that the combined positions of Irwin (above the fish) and his cameraman (in front of the fish) could have made the stingray feel trapped and triggered a defensive attack; others point out that completely unprovoked stingray attacks are not unheard of. Steve Irwin died  tragically died after a stingray barb pierced his heart while he was making documentary on the ocean’s deadliest creatures on the Gold Coast in 2006. The stingray was between the two of them and Irwin would swim toward the camera and Lyons would film the ray swimming away. But non-fatal stingray attacks occur frequently in shallow waters worldwide. Both victims were stung in the chest, like Irwin. Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? ", While Irwin was in "extraordinary pain" from the venom on the barb, Lyons said, the naturalist believed he had only punctured a lung. The stingray's toxins soon began giving him serious breathing difficulties and it was feared that the barbs had punctured a lung. "He obviously didn't know it had punctured his heart but he knew it had punctured his lung," Lyons told Australia's Network Ten television. Justin said that Steve’s last words were, “I’m dying. Steve Irwin’s sad death has generated hundreds of emails to Elasmodiver requesting information about stingrays and stingray barbs. Stingrays are usually calm and will just swim away if frightened, he said. I didn't even know it had caused any damage. This service is provided on News Group Newspapers' Limited's Standard Terms and Conditions in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy. Stingray barbs produce a venom that can be deadly to humans. The only person to witness the moment Steve Irwin was pierced in the chest by a stingray barb said the injuries were so severe that the Australian TV naturalist could not possibly have been saved. Advertisement. In 2006, Australian conservationist and “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin died after a stingray’s serrated barb pierced his heart while filming off the Great Barrier Reef. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. You can WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502. The unnamed holidaymaker was enjoying a sunny day in the tropical city of Sanya, south China, when the freak accident occurred. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. Stingrays are commonly found in the shallow coastal waters of temperate seas. Even if we'd been able to get him into an emergency ward at that moment we probably wouldn't have been able to save him, because the damage to his heart was massive. Stingray Attacks Man. "If it had been a bit higher it would have hit my eye, and if it had hit my neck that would have been a completely different story.". The final shot was to be of Irwin swimming up to the stingray, with Lyons then filming it swim away. The largest of all stingrays is the short-tail stingray, Dasyatis brevicaudata. Advertisement. 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