Bali man dies after plummeting 20 meters down a well

The cause of the fall is unknown, but the victim was reportedly suffering with poor mental health. Photo: Photo: Pexels
The cause of the fall is unknown, but the victim was reportedly suffering with poor mental health. Photo: Photo: Pexels

I Gede Sutardiarta, 35, was found at the bottom of a 20-meter deep well near his home in Kerobokan on Monday night. Despite being rushed to ER, the victim, who is suspected to have suffered from some kind of psychiatric disorder, died as a result of injuries sustained from the fall.

Search and Rescue (SAR) officers and personnel from the Fire Department were deployed to the scene after receiving a report from the victim’s uncle, Made Masna, as reported by Tribun Bali. Masna had been alerted to the accident by the victim’s mother who had reportedly heard her son’s cries of help and traced his voice to the well. 

It’s unclear just how long Sutardiarta was trapped, but the rescue effort was underway by 10:25pm—a tricky operation due to the narrow diameter of the well and a lack of oxygen further down.

“One rescuer went down using breathing apparatus, because the oxygen content in the well was so poor,” commented IB Surya W, Head of Denpasar SAR Preparedness and Operations Section, to Kumparan.

Half an hour later, officers had managed to evacuate Sutardiarta and he was immediately taken to Badung Hospital by ambulance.

On arrival at the hospital though, Sutardiarta’s condition was already in a deteriorated state. After an initial inspection revealed an extremely weak pulse, medics rushed him to ER but he was unable to be saved, according to Tribun Bali.

Though the exact cause of the accident is still unclear, the victim, who had reportedly locked himself in his house for the past three months, is known to have suffered from poor mental health.

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