Spaniard dies in Bali’s Nusa Ceningan saving wife and children from drowning

Nusa Ceningan, Bali. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

A Spanish man has tragically lost his life in Bali’s Nusa Ceniningan on Saturday after he drowned saving his wife and children who had been swept away by a strong current.

Nusa Ceningan is a small island sandwiched between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida. The three islands are located off the southeast coast of Bali and are part of Bali Province’s Klungkung Regency.

The family had been on holiday, staying at a villa in Jungutbatu, Nusa Lembongan, when they rented two motorbikes and took the bridge to Secret Beach on Nusa Ceningan Saturday morning.

While they went for a swim at the remote beach, strong currents swept away the wife and the couple’s two children. Acting quickly, the Spaniard, identified in a Nusa Bali report as Francisco Miguel Garcia Perez, 53, somehow rescued his family but did not manage to make it back to shore himself, drowning in the process.

Another tourist jumped in to help Perez, but the tourist himself also got pulled by the current and narrowly survived, according to the local news report.

At the same time, local fisherman Wayan Suwita, 40, saw the incident and rushed to evacuate Perez and the tourist who had been trying to help him. The two were reportedly pulled up onto the boat and dropped off at the Yellow Bridge linking Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan.

From there, they were rushed to the Nusa Penida Heath Center but it was apparently too late for Perez.

Nusa Penida Police Chief confirmed the incident and told reporters that Perez’s body has been taken to the morgue at Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar.

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