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He said Mr Irwin's party asked him to alert authorities to the medical emergency.
"We were the closest boat to the area and they stopped by to tell us, we raised the alarm while they took him back to his own boat," Mr West told the Seven Network.
"He said 'I might just go off and shoot some segments for Bindi's show, just stuff on the reef and little animals'.
"The stingray just happened to be swimming around and out of the blue whacked his tail at him," he said. I have dived so many times with stingrays and they are usually very placid things," he said.
Known worldwide as the Crocodile Hunter, 44-year-old Irwin was famous for his enthusiasm for wildlife and his catchcry "Crikey!
" 'Non-survivable injuries' Irwin had been filming a new documentary called with friend and manager John Stainton at Batt Reef, off Port Douglas about 11am.
"Steve was beloved by millions of fans and animal lovers worldwide and was a true friend to Discovery Networks.
"He was also one of the world's most passionate conservationists. "As a mark of respect to Steve and his family, all programming featuring Steve has been temporarily suspended from the Animal Planet schedule.