Your speedy update on all the day’s big stories: Monday, March 10, 2014
Steve Irwin’s final words revealed
Justin Lyons, the underwater cameraman who was the only witness to Steve Irwin’s death has opened up for the first time about the famous Australian’s final moments in 2006. As they filmed underwater on the Great Barrier Reef, Lyons and Irwin found themselves in the presence of a “massive, eight-foot-wide stingray.” Though Lyons says stingrays are usually calm, on this occasion it “started stabbing wildly with its tail.”After it swam away he realised that “Steve was standing in a huge pool of blood.” Lyons has confirmed that despite previous claims, Steve didn’t remove the barbed tail from his chest. As he lay in the inflatable boat returning to the shore, Lyons says that Irwin “just sort of calmly looked up at me and said ‘I’m dying.’ And that was the last thing he said.” Lyons proceeded to give Irwin CPR for almost an hour before paramedics pronounced him dead.
There are still no answers for the families of the 239 people on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which mysteriously disappeared on Saturday en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Authorities have confirmed that a plane door and other debris spotted floating in the ocean off Vietnam are not linked to the missing aircraft. With the threat of terrorism still unable to be ruled out Malaysia Airlines have issued a statement today, saying they will be providing financial assistance to the families affected, including 'travel facilities, accommodation, meals, medical and emotional support.'