Young Swede Dies in Bali Volcano Accident

A Swedish tourist has died after falling 150 metres into the crater of an active volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali.

The 25-year-old man slipped as he tried to peer into the crater on Wednesday after a dawn trek to the summit of Mount Batur, which climbs to 1,700 metres on the northeastern side of the island, police said.

“He was looking into the crater, slipped and fell 150 metres,” local police chief Made Oka told AFP.

He said emergency responders were at the scene and were trying recover the tourist’s body using ropes. Police were unable to provide the man’s name.

Mount Batur is easy to climb compared to some other volcanoes in Indonesia and has become popular with day-trippers on Bali.

Latest update from Jakarta Post: Rescuers managed Wednesday to lift the body of a Swedish tourist, who died after falling into a crater of an active volcano in Bangli regency, Bali.

The 25-year-old man, Daniel Fetersan, fell into the 150-meter crater.

“The body has been lifted and is beign transported down the mountain,” said Bangli Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Dwi Suseno, adding that the process of retrieving the body took about eight hours amid bad weather.

The ill-fated tourist was on a pre-dawn hike along the rim of the crater of Mount Batur when he fell in, Dwi said.

The tourist left Segara Hotel, where he stayed, at 5 a.m. He was accompanied by a guide name Komang Edi. He slipped when he stood at the edge of the crater.

At least 60 people from the National Search and Rescue Agency, Bali Police headquarters and Bangli Police office were deployed to retrieve the victim’s body.
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