Footage of Crocodile hunter Steve Irwin’s last outing before he died has emerged.
In the clip, Irwin is seen aboard a dingy on Australia’s Great Barrier reef on September 3, 2006 near the area where he was killed.
The video shows him giving the ‘okay’ sign while steering the small boat.
Just 24 hours later the 44-year-old was hit in the chest multiple times by a giant stingray. It is believed the creature mistook his shadow for a tiger shark – one of its natural predators.
His last moments had been filmed by the documentary makers – but last week Irwin’s family announced that they had destroyed the footage.
This latest video was captured by a British tourist called Steffan Hill, 30, from London.
Mr Hill said: ‘I spoke to him very briefly about what he was doing and told him I really admired and enjoyed his work.
‘It has been almost eight years since the accident and I finally have emotional distance from it.
‘I had nightmares for some time afterwards because I kept thinking we were so close and something could have happened to us.’
Irwin was killed the next day when filming in chest-high water and approaching the animal from behind.
23 May 2014 | 10:23 pm – Source: metro.co.uk