Man, 42, dies after stingray contact at beach in Hobart's east

Man dies after stingray attack at Tasmanian beach

A man has died from heart attack after he was stung by a stingray while swimming at a Tasmanian beach.

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

Friends pulled him from the water but attempts to resuscitate the man, who suffered a cardiac arrest, were unsuccessful.

Tasmania Police said emergency services attended the south-eastern foreshore of Lauderdale Beach about 3pm today after reports of a swimmer in distress.

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

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

Waters off the island state are known to contain a number of stingray species, with the animals said to frequent the Lauderdale area.

Stingray injuries aren't uncommon but deaths are extremely rare.

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

The 42-year-old's death came more than a decade after world-renowned "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin was killed when a stingray barb punctured his chest while he was filming on the famed Great Barrier Reef.

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