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Irwin death footage 'shocking'
Herald Sun ^ | 5 September 2006 | Dave Donaghy

Posted on 09/04/2006 6:50:04 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher

FATALLY injured by a stingray, Steve Irwin pulled its barb out of his chest before losing consciousness, dramatic footage of his last moments reveals.

Friend John Stainton said the footage of the stingray attack which took the life of the Crocodile Hunter on the Great Barrier Reef yesterday was "shocking".

Mr Irwin, 44, died after the stingray barb punctured his chest while snorkelling off Port Douglas, in far north Queensland, yesterday.

A cameraman captured the incident during filming for Irwin's new project with daughter Bindi, eight, that was to debut in the United States next year.

"I did see the footage and it's shocking," Mr Stainton said today in Cairns.

"It's a very hard thing to watch because you're actually witnessing somebody die ... and it's terrible."

Mr Stainton, also a producer and director of Irwin's popular television shows, said the footage showed Mr Irwin pulling the barb out of his chest before losing consciousness.

"It shows that Steve came over the top of the ray and the tail came up, and spiked him here (in the chest), and he pulled it out and the next minute he's gone.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.com.au ...


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: australia; deathfootage; steveirwin; stingray
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Sorry but this is BIG Down here...
1 posted on 09/04/2006 6:50:07 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher
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To: Aussie Dasher

I have seen this gentleman on the Animal Planet channel. He was so talented and strong; he must have forgotten his limitation regarding danger out of the blue. Such a horrible tragedy!


2 posted on 09/04/2006 6:52:45 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Cowardice is forever!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

is it wall to wall ?We have it at the top of most news casts in California


3 posted on 09/04/2006 6:53:00 PM PDT by al baby
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To: Aussie Dasher

Thanks for posting this article. A link to it had been provided on another thread, but my browser locked up every time I tried to follow.


4 posted on 09/04/2006 6:53:06 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde
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To: Aussie Dasher

i think we know more than enough now and it's time to let his family and Australia and all his fans around the world mourn without any sensationalism.


5 posted on 09/04/2006 6:53:16 PM PDT by avital2
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To: Aussie Dasher

Was this guy also on TV in Australia too?


6 posted on 09/04/2006 6:53:18 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (The Program is Morally Good)
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"Sorry but this is BIG Down here..."

No apologies needed. I was a bit sad upon hearing about this myself. At least on TV he seemed like a genuinely good guy who loved what he was into.

7 posted on 09/04/2006 6:53:31 PM PDT by KoRn
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To: Aussie Dasher

No problem: he'll be missed up here as well.


8 posted on 09/04/2006 6:53:51 PM PDT by alancarp (NASCAR: Always turning left, but can never keep up with the Liber-commis.)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Sorry for your loss. I am trying to think of a similar icon that could be lost here in the US, and I can't think of one.
9 posted on 09/04/2006 6:54:35 PM PDT by gridlock (The 'Pubbies will pick up at least TWO seats in the Senate and FOUR seats in the House in 2006)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Steve will be greatly missed all over the world. He seemed invincible. It's a great loss.


10 posted on 09/04/2006 6:57:05 PM PDT by divine_moment_of_facts
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To: gridlock

Marlin Perkins? Jim?!!! Jack Hannah?


11 posted on 09/04/2006 6:57:50 PM PDT by DCBryan1 ( HeadOFF Apply directly to the neck! HeadOFF Apply directly to the neck !(Avail. only from Muslims))
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To: gridlock

Marlin Perkins? Jim?!!! Jack Hannah?


12 posted on 09/04/2006 6:57:53 PM PDT by DCBryan1 ( HeadOFF Apply directly to the neck! HeadOFF Apply directly to the neck !(Avail. only from Muslims))
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To: Aussie Dasher

Its big news here too. Lots of coverage on the national networks. Not quite the hero that he is back home, but still a well known figure in a tragic death. Very sad, he has such a wonderful family. My prayers go out to them.


13 posted on 09/04/2006 6:58:52 PM PDT by Always Right
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14 posted on 09/04/2006 6:59:50 PM PDT by monkapotamus
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To: Aussie Dasher

Yes, it is big. Practically everyone in the US knows the name Steve Erwin. But as shocking as his death is, his death doesn't come as a huge surprise. For years people have watched him grab the most dangerous animals in the world and it was only a matter of time before the animal got the best of him. RIP Steve.


15 posted on 09/04/2006 7:00:42 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: gridlock
I am trying to think of a similar icon that could be lost here in the US, and I can't think of one.

I was thinking on that this afernoon.

I felt the same way I did with Steve when I heard of the death of Jimmy Stewart.

I know they were a world apart and Jimmy lived a full life, but it was the way that they both lived it that makes me sad to see them no longer with us.

16 posted on 09/04/2006 7:01:18 PM PDT by mware (Americans in armchairs doing the job of the media.)
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17 posted on 09/04/2006 7:01:54 PM PDT by monkapotamus
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To: Aussie Dasher
It's big everywhere AD.....

My kids loved Steve.... and all of the antics and humor.

If imitation is the highest form of flattery -- you should know my teens can imitate his voice perfectly... and held great respect for his special talents and love of animals.

All of our hearts and prayers are with the Irwin family and our Aussie friends during this time of loss and grief.

18 posted on 09/04/2006 7:02:24 PM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (All of the answers remain available; Wisdom is gained by asking the right questions!)
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Sorry but this is BIG Down here

It's big here too, AD.

First thing I saw this morning when I turned on CNN was "Breaking: Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin dead."

It was the lead item on the NBC evening network news and has been on the news all day.

He was very well known in the US.

19 posted on 09/04/2006 7:02:45 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: Aussie Dasher

"Animals are little people with furs."


20 posted on 09/04/2006 7:03:03 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (c)
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To: Aussie Dasher

How did he pull it out? It is recurved it would tear a big wound. Maybe he should not have pulled it out.


21 posted on 09/04/2006 7:03:15 PM PDT by Hound of the Baskervilles (A)
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To: mware
I was thinking on that this afernoon.

I felt the same way I did with Steve when I heard of the death of Jimmy Stewart.

Oh my gosh! I had the exact same thoughts today when I was painting. .. Thinking that Jimmy Stewart was the only celebrity that when he died, I cried.

22 posted on 09/04/2006 7:05:14 PM PDT by abner (Know islam, no peace; No islam, know peace.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

I am deeply saddened by this man's death. Unfortunately, Mr. Irwin was what I consider to be a danger junkie. He was very very good at what he did. However, sooner or later, danger wins, and it only has to win once. May he rest in peace.


23 posted on 09/04/2006 7:05:32 PM PDT by SALChamps03
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To: DCBryan1

They are nowhere near as important to Americans as Steve Irwin was to Australia.


24 posted on 09/04/2006 7:05:41 PM PDT by gridlock (The 'Pubbies will pick up at least TWO seats in the Senate and FOUR seats in the House in 2006)
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To: Aussie Dasher
I saw it in the Bangkok Post where he is much loved by school children and adults. The Animal Channel is on the Cable we have in Chiang Mai. If I recall, there are both English and Thai language channels.

It was particularly sad for his daughter who was with him and, of course the rest of his family.

25 posted on 09/04/2006 7:06:35 PM PDT by JimSEA ( "The purpose of diplomacy is to prolong a crisis." Spock)
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To: Hound of the Baskervilles
Pulling it out could have been what killed him.

When there is a penetrating wound, removing it except at a hospital is the worst thing anyone can do.

26 posted on 09/04/2006 7:07:20 PM PDT by COEXERJ145 (Free Republic is Currently Suffering a Pandemic of “Bush Derangement Syndrome.”)
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Irwin death footage 'shocking'

I thought it was a ray, not an eel.

FATALLY injured by a stingray, Steve Irwin pulled its barb out of his chest before losing consciousness...

Okay, just a thought...maybe he should have left it in?

27 posted on 09/04/2006 7:07:22 PM PDT by RichInOC (...I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. I just couldn't resist.)
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To: gridlock

I don't we quite realized how important he was to us until yesterday. Isn't it always the way?


28 posted on 09/04/2006 7:07:44 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Yes, it is.


29 posted on 09/04/2006 7:08:23 PM PDT by gridlock (The 'Pubbies will pick up at least TWO seats in the Senate and FOUR seats in the House in 2006)
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To: abner
Actually I felt that way about Bing Crosby too. Christmas was a little more melancholy on years of the death of Fr. O'Malley and George Baily.
30 posted on 09/04/2006 7:08:31 PM PDT by mware (Americans in armchairs doing the job of the media.)
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"Sorry but this is BIG Down here..."

I'm sure it's REALLY BIG down there, no need to apologize because he touched so many lives around the world it's big news everywhere.

I dare say that outside of the last popes passing, Steve's death has shocked as many as did Princess Diana's untimely death.


31 posted on 09/04/2006 7:09:15 PM PDT by diverteach
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Okay, just a thought...maybe he should have left it in?

I dont know how many people think that when its happening to them at that very second. Its always easy to look at it when you arent the one with the barb in your chest

32 posted on 09/04/2006 7:09:49 PM PDT by stuck_in_new_orleans
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Okay, just a thought...maybe he should have left it in?

What do you think you would do with a 10 inch barb in your chest? A barb laced with excruciatingly painful neurotoxin?

33 posted on 09/04/2006 7:10:01 PM PDT by gridlock (The 'Pubbies will pick up at least TWO seats in the Senate and FOUR seats in the House in 2006)
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To: COEXERJ145

Tough call - these barbs are loaded with toxins - so do you pull it out and risk bleeding to death, or leave it in and let it pump deadly toxin into your heart? Either way, your natural instinct is going to rip it out, probably as good a strategy as any in this horrible dilemma. Probably fatal either way.


34 posted on 09/04/2006 7:10:51 PM PDT by LikeLight (The photo looks like it has been REUTERED)
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To: Aussie Dasher
I bet the word 'surprising' is more accurate description of what happened here than the word "Shocking."
35 posted on 09/04/2006 7:10:58 PM PDT by demlosers
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To: Aussie Dasher

I just heard on Fox that his family has been offered a state funeral. That means he is really is big there. So very sad, and obviously a freak attack. RIP Steve. You will be missed.


36 posted on 09/04/2006 7:11:03 PM PDT by ladyinred (Leftists, the enemy within.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

No apologies necessary - the term "icon" gets overused but it fits here. I live in a little town in rural Idaho and I don't know anyone here who doesn't know who Irwin was. I don't think I really want to see him dying and I'm not sure why anyone would.


37 posted on 09/04/2006 7:11:07 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Aussie Dasher
I think this is big all over.
38 posted on 09/04/2006 7:11:22 PM PDT by Vision (God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, love and self-discipline 2Timothy1)
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To: DCBryan1

Marlin Perkins would be loading the camera while the other guy got it.


39 posted on 09/04/2006 7:11:24 PM PDT by Slump Tester ( What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: abner

Jimmy Stewart and John Wayne.

Only ones I ever cried for.


40 posted on 09/04/2006 7:11:35 PM PDT by wayoverthehill
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To: wayoverthehill

I cried about Michael Landon too.


41 posted on 09/04/2006 7:13:01 PM PDT by mware (Americans in armchairs doing the job of the media.)
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To: LikeLight

I understand the toxin is very hard on human tissue and that rapid decay commences.


42 posted on 09/04/2006 7:13:26 PM PDT by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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Sorry but this is BIG Down here...

No worries, mate. It's big here too. People just liked the guy. May he rest in peace.

43 posted on 09/04/2006 7:13:31 PM PDT by rogue yam
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The one thing I think Steve Irwin would say, if he could, is that he went doing what he loved. The world will sure miss him.


44 posted on 09/04/2006 7:13:46 PM PDT by moonpie57 (Fred Howell McMurray, Jr. The man on my POW bracelet.)
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To: gridlock

The only US person I can think of who comes close to this tragedy is the death of Dale Earnhart. He died doing exactly what he loved, and it was a freak accident that wouldn't seem deadly. It shocked NASCAR fans and racing, to this day, isn't the same. I do remember feeling the same shock, sadness, and respect for his family that aspects of his accident remain personal.


45 posted on 09/04/2006 7:13:51 PM PDT by small voice in the wilderness
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To: gridlock

I grant it's kind of a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't situation.


46 posted on 09/04/2006 7:14:20 PM PDT by RichInOC (...R.I.P.)
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It's big here too. We had a chat with our little one this afternoon and told them that Irwin had been killed because we know that this will be a topic in school tomorrow. This is one of the sad things about Irwins death, how all the kids will take it.

May the Lord bless Irwin's soul, his friends and family. And Australia.

47 posted on 09/04/2006 7:15:28 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (You! Shake your junk!)
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To: gridlock
I am trying to think of a similar icon that could be lost here in the US, and I can't think of one.

I'd say it is kinda like if Will Rogers, Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, or Lucille Ball had been killed in their prime while filming a simple stunt or not wearing a seatbelt. Irwin was a goodwill ambassador.

48 posted on 09/04/2006 7:15:58 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Aussie Dasher
It's big here in the states as well. We are shocked and most everyone really enjoyed the guy.

I hope some idiot doesn't get the film into the Internet or on air. That IMO would be so disrespectful.
49 posted on 09/04/2006 7:16:20 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: DCBryan1

Marlin Perkins is watching us from the safety of that big helicopter in the sky. ;-)


50 posted on 09/04/2006 7:16:37 PM PDT by uglybiker (Don't blame me. I didn't make you stupid.)
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