Man killed in Australia after stingray attack

An Australian man has died of a heart attack after he was stung by a stingray while swimming off the Tasmanian coast.

The 42-year-old man went into cardiac arrest at Lauderdale Beach on Saturday after the fish's stinger punctured his lower abdomen.

He was swimming alone and close to shore when the attack happened. Friends pulled him from the water but failed in attempts to resuscitate him.

"He was removed from the water by friends prior to the arrival of emergency services," the Tasmanian police force said in a statement.

"It was reported he was unaccompanied in the water at the time of sustaining a puncture wound to his lower abdomen."

"It's a pretty traumatic incident to see," the police added.

Stingrays are said to be common in the area, though they are generally not considered dangerous. That said, the creature did make headlines in 2006 after renowned animal expert Steve Irwin died when one punctured him in the heart.

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