Lyons then watched as the stingray stabbed Irwin “hundreds of times.”
“I panned with the camera as the stingray swam away and I didn’t know it had caused any damage,” he said. “It was only when I panned the camera back that I saw Steve standing in a huge pool of blood.”
Lyons said reports at the time that Irwin had removed the stingray’s barb from his chest had been inaccurate. “It [was] a jagged barb and it went through his chest like hot butter,” he said.
The Crocodile Hunter was quiet in his last moments. “I was saying to him things like ‘think of your kids Steve, hang on, hang on, hang on,’ ” Lyons recalled. “He calmly looked up at me and said ‘I’m dying.’ And that was the last thing he said.”
The cameraman had caught the carnage on film, but says it should never be aired.