Monday, September 04, 2006

Just Popping In To Say...

I'm sure you've all heard by now but in case you didn't, here's the sad news, I'll try to get in a picture:

THE Crocodile Man, Steve Irwin, is dead. He was killed in a freak accident in Cairns, police sources said. It is understood he was killed by a sting-ray barb that went through his chest.

The barb apparently went into his heart. He was swimming off the Low Isles at Port Douglas filming an underwater documentary when the tragedy occurred.
The Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) was called about 11am (AEST) and an emergency services helicopter was flown to the crew's boat on Batt Reef, off the coast near Cairns, with a doctor and emergency services paramedic on board.
Irwin had a puncture wound to the left side of his chest and was pronounced dead at the scene. Fellow Australian wildlife filmmaker Dave Ireland, who confessed he and Irwin had never met, said stingray barbs were "as deadly as a rifle bayonet" (see report here).
Irwin's body was being flown to Cairns. It was believed his American-born wife Terri was trekking on Cradle Mountain in Tasmania and had yet to be told of her husband's death.
The Irwins have two children - a daughter, Bindi Sue Irwin, eight, and a three-year-old son, Robert (Bob) Clarence Irwin.
Steve Irwin - known worldwide as the Crocodile Hunter - is famous for his enthusiasm for wildlife and his catchcry "Crikey!".
In an sad twist, it has been reported that his new documentary was aimed at demystifying the stingray.

With The Courier Mail and AAP


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