An American tourist has died while on vacation in Bali after falling from the edge of an infinity pool. The woman, known by her initials CML, was 35 years old and believed to be on holiday with her friend, also known by her initials KLH. The incident occurred on Tuesday evening and was confirmed by Ubud Police on Wednesday, 9th November.
According to Police Reports, CML fell from the side of the infinity pool while trying to walk around one side of the pool that was not designed to be climbed on. Eyewitnesses have reported that CML tried to enter the pool from the outer edge of the poolside that was blocked off by statues.
Eyewitnesses have confirmed that they asked CML and KLH not to play with the statues or stand on the infinity edge of the pool after they broke one of the statues. The witness has told local reporters that they did not reprimand them for the broken statue but warned them not to stand on the edge of the swimming pool.
Eye witness account hearing laughter and joking and a sudden silence, followed by screams as CML fell from the infinity poolside. She fell a height of 15m, landing in a pond below. Staff and eyewitnesses at The Sankara Suites and Villa immediately rushed to her aid. It has been reported that she was still breathing but unresponsive as she was moved into the ambulance. She stopped breathing on the way to the hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival despite best efforts.
The Ubud Police Chief, Kompol Yudistira, confirmed the incident to reporters on Wednesday, 9th November. Kompol Yudistira replayed the eyewitness accounts and concluded that ‘the victim’s life could not be saved and was declared dead.
He confirmed that CML had died from her injuries before she reached the hospital, having “suffered lacerations on the right leg, lacerations on the left leg, lacerations on the chest, abrasions on the right and left thighs, and abrasions on the face”.
Police are investigating whether The Sankara Suites and Villa are liable for the incident. Though the initial eyewitness accounts infer that it was CML’s choice to walk around the poolside despite warnings from staff and that she slipped because the pool edge was wet, police are concerned that the hotel could have done more to prevent the incident.
According to Kompol Yudistira the hotel may hold some liability as there is no safety fence on the western and eastern edges of the swimming pool that are technically accessible as there is no barrier to block people walking down the pool edge. He told reporters, “But the matter will still be investigated, including the testimony of witnesses”.
The case remains in the hand of Ubud Police with input from the US Consulate and CML’s family. Kompol Yudistira said, ‘the victim and his partner checked in at the villa on Monday (7/11), and the plan was to check out on Sunday (13/11)’.
The tragedy comes just a week after a Russian tourist died in an accident in South Bali. A 31-year-old man, known by his initials KR, was fatally electrocuted on Tuesday, 1st November. He died at Warung Suzuke on Balangan Beach in South Bali. Despite extensive efforts to resuscitate him, police confirmed his death shortly after they arrived on the scene.
KR was electrocuted as he went to retrieve his backpack that he had left for safekeeping at the warring while he went surfing. Reports suggest that KR had dried off and changed clothes and was electrocuted as he went to pick up his backpack that was tucked to the side of a chest fridge in the warung. Although eyewitnesses immediately rushed to his aid, it took 3-minutes to turn the power off so he could be safely approached.
The police did not suggest that any further investigation would be carried out at Warung Suzuke, nor whether any legal action would be taken against the restaurant owners.
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