A swimmer has died after a stab to his stomach in a suspected stingray attack off an Australian beach, in a rare fatal encounter with the fish.
He was brought onto the beach by friends but suffered a heart attack and was unable to be resuscitated, police added.
"He was removed from the water by friends prior to the arrival of emergency services", a police spokesperson said in a statement.
He was swimming alone and close to shore when the attack happened.
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"Initial indications are that the wound was possibly inflicted by a marine animal although the incident is not shark related".
Meanwhile, local mayor Doug Chipman told ABC News the council would close the beach if it became a matter of public safety and is seeking expert advice on the matter.
"It's a awful accident, I'm actually shocked", he said.
A 42-year-old man has died after he was stung in the abdomen by a stingray on Lauderdale Beach, Tasmania.