A German tourist is lucky to have escaped severe injury after falling 20 metres into a crater while hiking Mount Agung in Bali on Thursday, August 3.
Torge Zenst, 19-years-old, began ascending the iconic tourist spot with friends Ricet Sremaem and Frasiskus Bermaum, also 19-years-old, around 1.30 p.m. without a guide. As the weather turned, fog caused poor visibility but the trio pushed on, Bali Post reported.
While circling the crater, which sits at 2843 metres above sea level, Zenst slipped and fell. The incident occurred around 5.30 p.m.
Local guide I Ketut Dana was the first on the scene and quickly reported to authorities, which launched a rescue team including personnel from local search and rescue, the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD), local police, military and volunteers.
Poor weather conditions hampered search and rescue efforts, but the trio was eventually joined by the team at 7 a.m. Zenst sustained injuries to his legs, face and head. He was found conscious and responsive.
He was evacuated to the BaliMed Karangasem Hospital for treatment.
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