Man dies from suspected stingray injury while swimming in Hobart

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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.

Tasmania Police confirmed the man was stung on the abdomen while swimming at Lauderdale, about 13 kilometres east of Hobart, earlier this afternoon.

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.

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