Brit pensioner swept to his death off Bali beach in horrifying holiday disaster

A British man died after being swept out to sea while on holiday in Bali.

The pensioner, 83, was one of seven foreign nationals dragged into the ocean yesterday (Wednesday, March 8) by a brutal current at the tourist hotspot of Pererenan Beach in the Badung Regency, one of the area's most popular destinations with holidaymakers.

The remaining tourists – three Austrians, two Germans, and a Russian citizen – were all rescued by lifeguards, but the Brit could not be saved.

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It is understood the beachgoers had been basking in the sun and enjoying the warm water prior to the incident.

Lifeguards had warned the visitors that there was a strong permanent current in the area where they were swimming and instructed them to move to a different part of the water to avoid being swept up in the stream.

However the strong tides quickly pulled the seven people far out to sea at around 4pm local time (8am GMT).

One individual at the scene told local publication Fajar Bali: "The lifeguard officer had sounded a warning whistle to the seven victims while bathing near a permanent current, but they were ignored, so they were quickly dragged away by the current separately."

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Four of the tourists were dragged into the ocean from the south side of the beach, another two were taken from further up the coast, and one was taken from the north side.

However, lifeguards acted quickly in an attempt to bring all seven back to safety.

The 83-year-old British man received CPR at the scene before being taken to the Mengwi II Tumbakbayuh Health Centre in critical condition.

Sadly, he was declared dead shortly after the incident.

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A local police chief said: "Of the seven victims, one person was declared dead… a British citizen.

"The victim was taken to the Mengwi II Tumbakbayuh Health Center to receive medical assistance.

"'Then the victim was referred to the Mangusada Badung Hospital and declared dead."

The group was affected by one of three permanent ocean currents across the Pererenan beach, which can be dangerous to visitors if they venture into the wrong parts of the coastline.

The Daily Star has contacted the UK Foreign Office for comment.


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