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Jakarta Post

German man dies in Semarang

  • Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

Semarang   /   Fri, August 23, 2013   /  10:01 am

A German volunteer, Lukas Beckstett, 19, died at Dr. Kariadi Hospital in Semarang, Central Java, on Thursday, the cause of death has not yet been determined.

Beckstett was admitted to hospital suffering from convulsions and a severe nose bleed. He was a volunteer at De Javato, an exchange student organization. The teenager'€™s friend, Richo Vino Subangkit, found Beckstett convulsing on Wednesday night and with some help took him to the hospital.

The hospital informed the police about the death because they observed head wounds and severe nose bleeding.

Forensic doctor Gatot Sudharto said the hospital would conduct an autopsy. '€œThrough the autopsy we will find out if he died from a hearth attack or others,'€ Gatot said on Thursday.

Separately, Central Java Police Chief Insp. Gen. Dwi Priyatno while confirming that there were wounds on Beckstett'€™s head, he said the would need to investigate the cause of death further.

'€œThe police are still waiting for permission from Beckstett'€™s family and the German Embassy in Indonesia to do the autopsy,'€ Dwi said.

Richo said Beckstett and six of his friends had been drinking whiskey at a hotel on Jl. Pandanaran, West Semarang, on Tuesday night but he woke up the following morning as usual. '€œHe even went for a swim,'€ said Richo.

West Semarang Police chief Comr. Yani said Beckstett had been about to return to Germany via Surabaya, East Java, and Bali.

Semarang has seen many volunteers over the past three years assisting educational and environmental projects. Some participate in schemes to preserve mangroves in Semarang and Demak, while some others join ecological schemes in the Karimunjawa Islands, Jepara.

In February, a number of South Korean volunteers taught at local elementary schools for 10 days.

According to The Jakarta Post'€™s observation, the visiting volunteers were respected and upstanding among themselves and the community. Beckstett'€™s incident was the first death case involving foreign volunteer so far.

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