Lifestyle & Belief

Another Australian dies in Bali, adding to toll in Indonesian resorts


The sun rising over the mountains of the idyllic Indonesian isle of Lombok, near Bali.


Jerome Rivet

The death of an Australian woman in Bali, after she fell into a swollen river, has brought to four the number of Australians killed on an Indonesian resort island over the past six months.

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed that the 40-year-old woman from Perth had died at about 4 p.m. on Sunday, the Australian Associated Press reported.

She was reportedly walking with her partner in the Kerobokan area when they are both believed to have slipped and fallen into water swollen by several days of heavy rain.

The man was able to pull himself free, but the woman was swept away. Her body was found hours later between 100m and 200m downstream.

AAP wrote that three other Australians had recently died vacationing in Indonesian resorts: Linda Margaret Chilver, 54, found by the side of the road near Jimbaran Bay after an apparent hit-and-run; Perth teenager Liam Davies, who drank vodka laced with methanol on the island of Lombok on New Year's Eve; and Denni North, found dead at the side of a pool at a villa in Bali in December.

According to the Fairfax media, Indonesian police did not launch a criminal investigation into Chilver's death, even though her injuries were consistent with a hit-and-run accident, which is a criminal offence in Indonesia.

The most recent reporting on the death of North, from News Limited, was that the family of the 33-year-old, who was living and working in Bali at the time of her death, were still waiting for an official explanation of what happened to her.

"We still don't know what happened. It has been very hard," North's mother, Wendy, said in January.

After Davies' death, Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr said the country would make ''serious representations'' to Indonesia about regulating its drinks market in tourist areas.

Fairfax wrote that his concern was based on a number of cases of methanol poisoning from the local ''arak'' brew, a favorite of Australian teenagers and young adults who go to party on resort islands such as Bali and Lombok at the end of the school year and for vacation.

In September 2011, an Australian school leaver, 18, was blinded in Bali, while a Perth-based rugby player died after consuming arak — which has a 20 to 50 percent alcohol content.

Meanwhile, also in 2011 Newcastle nurse Jamie Johnston suffered brain damage and renal failure after drinking a methanol-laced cocktail in Indonesia.