- Teenager, 13, suffered a 10 centimetre gash to his chest in the stingray attack
- The attack occurred at Woodman Point jetty in Munster, south of Coogee Beach
- The boy made his way to the shore before falling in and out of consciousness
- The boy spent Sunday night in hospital and was discharged the following day
- Marine experts say stingray attacks are very rare but can be deadly
Curiosity got the better of a Western Australian teenager after he was attacked by a stingray at a Perth beach on Sunday.
The teenager, 13, suffered a 10-centimetre gash to his chest while swimming next to Woodman Point jetty in Munster, just south of Coogee Beach.
‘(The wound) was under the left arm from the back all the way to the front, it was about four inches long, by about a half an inch wide and it was really deep,’ witness James Fowler told 9 News.
The teenager, 13 (pictured) suffered a 10 centimetre gash to his chest in the stingray attack
The boy (pictured) spent Sunday night in hospital and was released the following day
The attack occurred at Woodman Point jetty in Munster, south of Coogee Beach (pictured)
A fisherman hooked the stingray on the jetty moments before it attacked the teenager as it swam back into deeper water.
‘It was heading towards these three children so I yelled out to the children to get out of the way,’ Mr Fowler told Channel Nine.
‘(The boy) had googles on so he was straight away curious on what it was that we were trying to get him away from.
‘He stuck his head under water and started swimming towards it, once he got towards it that’s when he dove on top of it.’
The boy managed to make his way to the shore before falling in and out of consciousness as his father and other beach goers frantically performed first aid until paramedics arrived.
Experts say stingray (pictured) attacks are very rare but can be fatal
He was raced to hospital and has since been discharged.
Stingray attacks are rare but can be deadly.
Marine experts say that stingrays will only attack when they feel threatened.
Crocodile hunter Steve Irwin was killed by a two metre stingray in chest-deep water off north Queensland in 2006 while filming for a documentary.
A Perth man almost lost a foot when he stepped on a stingray at a beach in the Pilbara region last July.