Tourist, five hotel staff die in weekend accidents in Bali

The police are looking into possible negligence and whether the incidents were due to a lack of maintenance.

Ni Komang Erviani

Ni Komang Erviani

The Jakarta Post


People paraglide over a beach in Bali in this stock photo. PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK/THE JAKARTA POST

September 5, 2023

JAKARTA  – A South Korean national has died after a paragliding accident at Nunggalan Beach in South Kuta, Bali, on Friday afternoon.

The body of the 57-year-old man, identified as Shin Jooseob, was found on Saturday afternoon, on the beach near a resort in South Kuta.

Following the reported crash, a search and rescue operation was launched by the Bali Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnar) with support from the Navy and police.

“The victim has been found dead,” Bali Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Jansen Avitus Panjaitan told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.

Last month, a Japanese national died in Bali after falling from a “flying fish” ride. The ride involves an inflatable boat that is designed to mimic a fish bouncing and leaping as it is towed by a powerboat

The 60-year-old man died after falling 3 meters onto the water surface.

Also on Friday, five hotel workers died after the cable of a lift they were traveling in snapped, plunging them into a ravine, at the Ayuterra Resort in Ubud.

The workers, two men and three women, had got into the hotel’s glass-encased lift that runs on a track up a 35-degree slope when the steel cable suddenly failed, plunging them 100 meters down a steep embankment.

The victims, identified as Sang Putu Bayu Adi Krisna, 19, Ni Luh Supernigsih, 20, I Wayan Aries Setiawan, 23, Kadek Hardiyanti, 24, and Kadek Yanti Pradewi, 19, were all from the hotel’s housekeeping department.

Ubud police chief Comr. I Made Uder said the police were looking into why the cable snapped, with preliminary investigations indicating that it broke because the lift was overloaded.

“It is possible that the steel cable was not strong enough to pull the load and the safety wedge or brake did not work,” Uder said.

The police are also looking into possible negligence and whether the incident was due to a lack of maintenance. (dre)

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