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Tuesday, September 05, 2006 by Chemical Apple


One of my ALL time favourite television show will always be The CRocodile Hunter hosted by Steve Irwin.....

News was all over the world yesterday when it was informed that Steve died ...
He's only 44 (a year younger than my dad)....

Shortly after 11:00 a.m. local time(Australia) on September 4, 2006, Irwin was fatally pierced in the chest by a short-tail stingray barb while diving in Batt Reef (part of the Great Barrier Reef), off the coast of Port Douglas in Queensland. Irwin was in the area filming his own documentary, to be called The Ocean's Deadliest, but weather had stalled filming. Irwin decided to take the opportunity to film some shallow water shots for a segment in the television program his daughter Bindi was hosting, when, according to his friend and colleague John Stainton, he swam too close to one of the animals. "He came on top of the stingray and the stingray's barb went up and into his chest and put a hole into his heart," said Stainton, who was on board Irwin's boat, called the Croc I, at the time.

The events were caught on camera, and the footage was handed to the Queensland Police. After reviewing the footage of the incident and speaking to the cameraman who recorded it, marine documentary filmmaker and fisherman Ben Cropp speculated that the stingray "felt threatened because Steve was alongside and there was the cameraman ahead.…"In such a case, the stingray responds by automatically flexing the serrated barb on its tail up to a maximum of 25 cm (10 in) of length.
"He came over the top of a stingray that was buried in the sand, and the barb came up and hit him in the chest," Stainton said. Cropp said Irwin had accidentally boxed the animal in. "It stopped and twisted and threw up its tail with the spike, and it caught him in the chest. It's a defensive thing. It's like being stabbed with a dirty dagger." The stinging of Irwin by the Bull Ray was "a one-in-a-million thing," Cropp told Time magazine. "I have swum with many rays, and I have only had one do that to me."In this case, the motion struck Irwin's chest and pierced his heart. Crewmembers aboard his boat called emergency services in the nearest city of Cairns and administered CPR as they rushed the boat to nearby Lowe Isle to meet a rescue helicopter. Medical staff pronounced Irwin dead when they arrived a short time later. The barb lodged in his chest and the toxins of the barb caused Irwin to die of cardiac arrest.

Some of his Quotes-----

"I have no fear of losing my life — if I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake, mate, I will save it."

"Fear helps me from making mistakes, but I make lot of mistakes."

"Crikey, mate. You're far safer dealing with crocodiles and western diamondback rattlesnakes than the executives and the producers and all those sharks in the big MGM building." — comparing dealing with deadly animals with show business.

For those who dont know this Awesome guy, check his profile in wikipedia--Steve Irwin

Goodbye Stephen Robert Irwin... You will be missed...
Adis Stephen Robert Irwin... Le faltarn...
Arrivederci Stephen Robert Irwin… Sarete mancati…
再见斯蒂芬・罗伯特Irwin… 我们不会忘记您...
Goodbye Стефан Роберт Irwin… Вы будете пропущены…
안녕 Stephen 로버트 Irwin… 당신은 놓쳐질 것이다…
さようならスティーブンロバートIrwin… 逃される…
وداعا إسطفان روبرت [إيروين]… أنت كنت ستفتقد

Mourning-apple out....(*@*)

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synergy said...

He will be sorely missed. He has done so much for wildlife and the environment. I pray that his legacy will live on.

blueapple said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdGNSXEb9Ik

Anonymous said...

he was one of the greatest man...an inspiration to many...irreplaceable...his lost is felt worldwide...he simply made the world a better place and he really fought for the animals and conservation of nature...his demise is surely missed...God bless his soul...

blueapple said...

I wonder who can ever replace a man of his capabilities...
hopefully its somebody as passionate of the nature and wildlife as Steve was....
hmmm....