'Crocodile Hunter' killed in sea incident

Monday 04 September 2006 22.35
Steve Irwin - Killed while diving
Steve Irwin - Killed while diving

The Australian wildlife filmmaker, Steve Irwin, has been killed while diving off Australia's northeast coast.

Mr Irwin, popularly known as the 'Crocodile Hunter', died after his chest was punctured by a stingray barb off Port Douglas.

Mr Irwin, 44, was filming a documentary about the Great Barrier Reef.

Mr Irwin won a global following for his dare-devil antics but also triggered outrage in 2004 by holding his then one-month-old baby while feeding a snapping crocodile at his Australian zoo.

The Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, said: 'I really do feel Australia has lost a wonderful and colourful son.

'He took risks, he enjoyed life. He brought immense joy to millions of people, particularly to children, and it's just such a terrible loss.'