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. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. "I had the camera on. “I looked down at myself and I had a black wetsuit on, but it was just red (with blood). "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.". 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. 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. Steve Irwin, the man known around the world as the "Crocodile Hunter," has died in a stingray attack off the Great Barrier Reef. ", 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 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. Both victims were stung in the chest, like Irwin. Stingrays generally do not attack aggressively or even actively defend themselves. Boy stung by stingray, has surgery to remove barb - YouTube The stingray returned the favor by charging at the man, stopping short of stinging him. RELATED: CONFIRMED: Bindi Irwin's Joyful News - 'A Pregnant Bride!' 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 underside may produce venom, which can be fatal to humans and can remain deadly even after the stingray's death. ", Lyons added: "He had a two-inch wide injury over his heart, with blood and fluid coming out of it. A 42-year-old man died last year after being attacked while swimming in Tasmania. 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). I did CPR on him for over an hour before the medics came, but pronounced him dead within 10 seconds of looking at him. He just sort of calmly looked up at me and said, 'I'm dying.' Instead they came across a 2.4-metre-wide stingray, and entered chest-deep water to film it. Early life. "It's a jagged, sharp barb and it went through his chest like a hot knife through butter. Only two have been reported in Australian waters since 1945. I didn't even know it had caused any damage. The largest of all stingrays is the short-tail stingray, Dasyatis brevicaudata. The only witness of the attack was cameraman Justin Lyons who spoke to Australia's Channel Ten in 2014. Steve Irwin’s sad death has generated hundreds of emails to Elasmodiver requesting information about stingrays and stingray barbs. 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. It is a huge and normally docile fish which spends most of its time buried in sand. I'd hate for this to happen to somebody else.". On September 4, 2006, international news declared the death of Steve Irwin from a stingray attack. 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 … When threatened, their primary reaction is to swim away. An 8ft stingray suddenly struck out, possibly thinking Irwin’s shadow was a predatory tiger shark. Justin said that Steve’s last words were, “I’m dying. I thought – this is going to be a great shot, fantastic. Worldwide, death by stingray is similarly rare, with only one or two fatal attacks reported each year. A compilation of stingrays that we caught in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Perth, Western Australia and a Fiddler Ray or two. "You don't know what's hiding in that seaweed. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. 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. His left foot was now purple and swelling. View our online Press Pack. ” It must be noted that it’s very rare behaviour for a stingray to fatally attack a human. ", While Irwin was in "extraordinary pain" from the venom on the barb, Lyons said, the naturalist believed he had only punctured a lung. Advertisement. Last year, footage showed a beachgoer writhing on the sand in agony after his genitals were jabbed by a stingray's barbed tail. Australian naturalist and television personality Steve Irwin has been killed by a stingray during a diving expedition off the Australian coast. The final shot was to be of Irwin swimming up to the stingray, with Lyons then filming it swim away. 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." The stingray's barb … Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society named its island-class patrol vessel MY Steve Irwin after Irwin. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Stingrays are commonly found in the shallow coastal waters of temperate seas. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. He assumes the animal mistook Irwin's shadow for a tiger shark, its main prey. 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. A man was swimming near a large stingray on the beach at Broadwater on the Gold Coast when he decided to dive aggressively toward a two-metre estuary ray. 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. Email us at tips@the-sun.co.uk or call 0207 782 4368 . Justin speculated … He said the creature struck when he dived under the water in a patch of thick seaweed. Before Steve Irwin’s stingray attack, only two other fatal attacks had been recorded in Australia. Stingrays are usually calm and will just swim away if frightened, he said. 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. But non-fatal stingray attacks occur frequently in shallow waters worldwide. 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. 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. ", Irwin was returned to the main boat and Lyons tried to revive him: "We hoped for a miracle. "I just felt a massive slash on my cheek and once I came up, I just saw the blood," he told WAtoday. Stingray Barbs and the Dangers Posed by Stingrays . The stingray's tail spine, or barb, has serrated edges and a sharp point or barb. We pay for your stories! Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin tragically died on September 4 2006 after being pierced in the heart by a stingray barb while filming in Australia's Great Barrier Reef ", Another cameraman filmed attempts to save him, following Irwin's strict orders that anything that happened to him during filming should be recorded. An Australian man with an apparent death wish antagonized a stingray at the beach in Gold Coast. 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 pet stingray called Steve Irwin sunk its 3-inch barb into his owner just days after the man bought it. Fatal stingray attacks on humans are exceedingly rare. 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Lyons said he initially did not realise his friend was hurt: "I panned with the camera as the stingray swam away. Steve incurred a huge gash across his chest, his heart pierced by the stingray’s barb. He is to undergo plastic surgery for his wounds and is urging others to take care in the water. 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. Advertisement. 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. Source:Supplied . "I was conscious the whole time – I wished I wasn't, the pain was excruciating," Cunningham said. The stingray was between the two of them and Irwin would swim toward the camera and Lyons would film the ray swimming away. Click here to upload yours. 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