Australian swimmer dies after rare stingray attack

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A 42-year-old man who died at a Tasmanian beach this afternoon may have been stung by a stingray before going into cardiac arrest.

"Attempts to resuscitate the male were unsuccessful". He was dragged out of the water by his friends but had a heart attack and could not be saved, Tasmanian police said.

"It's consistent with (a stingray injury) but further investigation and examination of the deceased may be able to give a bit more of a concrete fact on that", Tasmania Police Senior Constable Brett Bowering told the Sunday Tasmanian.

Police are investigating the incident, and have urged anyone with information about the incident to contact them by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or through the Crime Stoppers website.

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A 42-year-old man has died after he was stung in the abdomen by a stingray on Lauderdale Beach, Tasmania.

Stingrays are not considered aggressive and fatal stingray attacks on humans are extremely rare.

Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman said Saturday officials would consider closing the beach if necessary following the man's death.

"It's a awful accident, I'm actually shocked", he said, adding: "My prayers go out to the family and friends of the man".

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