Media statement – 4 September 2006
At 11am today, 4 September 2006, Steve Irwin was fatally wounded by a stingray barb to his heart while filming a sequence on Batt Reef off Port Douglas for a new TV series.
Emergency services were called from Cairns
Rescue Base and met Croc One, Steve’s rescue vessel, at
Low Isle on the Great Barrier Reef.
The Croc One crew performed constant CPR during the thirty-minute dash to Low Isle, but Steve was pronounced deceased at 12 noon by Queensland Ambulance Services personnel.
His producer and
closest friend, John Stainton said on Croc One
“The world has lost a great wildlife icon, a passionate conservationist and one of the proudest dads on the planet. He died doing what he loves best and left this world in a happy and peaceful state of mind. Steve would have said, ‘Crocs Rule!’”
The family wishes to advise that all donations go to Wildlife Warriors Worldwide
Phone: +61 7 5436 2026
Donations can also be made to ANZ Bank
Account Name: Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors
Worldwide LTD - A Tribute to Steve Irwin
(International donations will need to use a swift code anzbau3mxxx)