I Made Candra Udiana had pitched his tent around ten meters away from the cliff together with 32 classmates as part of an organized school activity. He had reportedly been responding to the beckon of a friend when he lost his footing in the dark and tumbled over the edge late on Saturday night.
Search teams have been scouring the area ever since, but Cakra Negara, a representative from the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) confirmed that officers had managed to evacuate the boy’s body yesterday afternoon.
Steep, rocky terrain and crashing waves at the bottom of the cliff had reportedly made the rescue operation on the cliff face particularly tricky. According to a report by Kompas, it was family members, searching the surrounding waters in jukung (traditional fishing boats), who eventually spotted the body on the lower face of the cliff.
“After getting the information, the joint SAR [search and rescue] team moved towards the discovery point by using a RIB,” said I Made Junetra, the acting head of the Denpasar search and rescue office, through a press release yesterday.
Unfortunately, the waves made it too difficult for the RIB to manoeuvre itself and so those in the jukung were forced to recover the body in a two-hour effort which involved swimming to the bottom of the cliff face and clambering over the rocks.
The boy’s body has been taken to Nusa Penida Hospital for further examination.