Bali police investigate deaths of two students who drowned on class waterfall trek

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Police in Bali are investigating the drowning of two female students who died on Monday at a trek to a waterfall in Buleleng, North Bali.

Seven classmates of the deceased students from SMK Kesehatan Widharba and three chaperone teachers have been questioned related to Monday’s incident, Bali Post reports. Under the Indonesian education system, SMK is a vocational or pre-professional high school.

Following witness accounts, police say they have not yet concluded who to hold responsible for the deaths of Luh Devi Cahyani, 17, from Pegadungan Village, Buleleng and Kadek Dwi Asmarani, 16, from Tukad Sumaga Village, Buleleng.

Buleleng Police subdivision chief Nyoman Suartika said that the trek to the waterfall in Barak Sambangan Village had been organized under student initiative. Students decided on the trek and arranged to get three teacher companions for the 21 students on the trip.

Police do say, however, that teachers had instructed students which spots at the waterfall were too deep.

“The chaperone teachers gave directions about the location of where to swim, so as not to reach a certain depth limit that had previously been measured by the teachers,” Suartika said on Tuesday.

“So, we believe that the students trekking were less alert and did not follow the instructions given by their accompanying teachers,” he said.

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