Cameraman Justin Lyons was there the day that Steve Irwin was killed, taking pictures footage with him within the Nice Barrier Reef. He was getting one final shot of Irwin swimming behind a stingray when the enormous beast reared up and beginning stabbing him wildly within the chest. It occurred so shortly, Lyons said, that he did not even know something was improper at first.
When Lyons panned out with the digital camera, he noticed that Steve was “standing in an enormous pool of blood” and realized that he had been badly injured. The cameraman approached and assessed the harm. He would later describe the wound by saying that the “jagged, sharp barb … went by way of Steve’s chest like a sizzling knife by way of butter.”
A second digital camera continued rolling as Lyons and different crew members tried to avoid wasting Irwin. This was achieved as a result of that they had been requested to seize any assaults on tape. Sadly, the stingray had pierced Irwin’s coronary heart, killing him. His final phrases, spoken to Lyons: “I am dying.”
All of this footage was handed over to Queensland police for his or her investigation. Copies of the tape, which was described by producer John Stainton as “too disturbing to ever be proven,” had been destroyed after evaluation, save for 2: one which was given to Terri (who promptly destroyed it), and one which presumably sits within the police vault, by no means to be seen by the general public.