Australian man dies following suspected stingray attack

A stringray passing a shovel-nosed ray in an aquarium on Daydream Island in the Whitsundays archipelago off Queensland in 2010.

(CNN)An Australian swimmer has died following a suspected stingray attack, according to reports.

The 42-year-old man was attended to by emergency services at Lauderdale Beach in Tasmania after suffering "a puncture wound to his lower abdomen," according to a police statement.
The man, who was swimming alone at the time of the attack, was dragged to shore by friends before emergency services arrived. He died after attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.
    "Initial indications are that the wound was possibly inflicted by a marine animal although the incident is not shark related," the statement said. News reports later suggested that the injury was caused by a stingray.
      The man was identified by Australia's national broadcaster ABC as Nicolas Ricketts, a plumber who had previously served in the Australian Navy.