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A tourist has survived a near fatality when he fell off a cliff in Bali and plummeted 40 meters into the beach below.
The Tomohon-born man had been posing for photos at the edge of the cliff in Nusa Penida when he attempted a somersault but missed the landing and fell to the bottom of the cliff on Monday, local media reports.
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Police say a tour guide was taking photos of the man at the popular tourist destination of Broken Beach when the disaster struck.
Emergency services were called, but the dangerous terrain hampered the rescue operation.
The Nusa Penida Search and Rescue Alert Unit tried to reach the site with a boat but could not reach the man because the only access point was blocked by waves, Tribun Bali reports.
The head of the Bali Basarnas office, Gede Darmada, said one person was first lowered to the victim before another connected to a stretcher.
“We did the initial treatment to reduce bleeding from leg and hand injuries,” he said, according to Detik Bali.
“The victim was pulled up on a stretcher.”
He was then taken to the hospital to be treated for serious leg injuries.
Unconfirmed videos on social media show a man writhing in pain in the sand below a cliff while clutching his leg and being repeatedly drenched by waves.
“He fell from there,” says one man in a video titled “Selfies Are Dangerous,” as the camera pans to the top of the cliff.
“He broke his leg and arm and I can’t tell you how the hell he survived.”
Another video shows him lying on the sand before rescue workers take him to safety.
The remarkably close fall comes after an American tourist died after falling into a ravine on Bali’s Mount Agung route on November 18.
https://7news.com.au/news/bali/tourist-falls-off-40m-high-bali-cliff-while-posing-for-photo-c-8966286 Tourist falls from a 40m cliff in Bali while posing for a photo