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Stingray Survivor 'to Leave Hospital'


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Stingray survivor 'to leave hospital'

A woman who was stung on the ankle by a stingray south of Sydney is likely to be released from hospital on Thursday night.

The 33-year-old, from Werribee in Victoria, had just stepped into the surf at Wattamolla beach in the Royal National Park when she was stung by the barb about 3pm (AEDT) on Thursday, an NRMA CareFlight spokesman said.

A Wollongong Hospital spokeswoman said the woman was in a stable condition.

"She's in Emergency Department at the moment and she is going to be discharged this evening," the spokeswoman said.

Friends alerted authorities with a mobile phone as the drama unfolded.

The woman was airlifted to Wollongong Hospital for treatment after being administered pain relief.

The attack follows the death of television personality and environmentalist Steve Irwin, who was gored by a stingray in Queensland in September last year, and the case of a South Australian fisherman who survived a stingray attack on a prawn trawler in November.

While a stingray barb pierced Irwin's chest, police said the south Australian man was stabbed but the barb did not lodge in his chest.

Irwin's widow Terri has been given footage of her husband's death after Queensland authorities broke with protocol to ensure it did not get into the wrong hands.

Copies of the film, which shows Irwin being stabbed by the stingray, have been destroyed, Queensland State Coroner Michael Barnes said.

He said police had told him unscrupulous operators would be willing to pay up to $1 million for the footage.

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