The Jakarta Post
A tourist from the Netherlands has died while snorkeling in waters off Banawa district, Donggala regency, around 40 kilometers west of Palu, Central Sulawesi, on Monday.
The unidentified tourist was reportedly brought to Kabelota Hospital, Donggala, before she was referred to Undata Hospital in Palu.
The police told thejakartapost.com on Monday morning that around 20 Dutch tourists had checked into at a cottage in Tanjung Karang, Donggala. Around 11 a.m. local time, they went snorkeling at a nearby beach.
'Whilst snorkeling, one of the tourists suddenly raised her hand, asking for help,' said a police officer who helped bring the tourist to hospital.
According to the police, snorkeling guides accompanying the group brought the victim back to the ship and attempted to resuscitate her, but failed to save her life.
'She was foaming at the mouth, and there was a smell of alcohol in her breath,' the officer said.
The Dutch tourists reportedly visited Palu also to enjoy the total solar eclipse on Wednesday.
A number of regencies in Central Sulawesi are holding festivals to attract tourists. Vice President Jusuf Kalla is scheduled to view the eclipse in Kotapulu village, Dolo district, Sigi regency, around 15 kilometers south of Palu, on Wednesday.
The total solar eclipse can be observed from six provinces, namely Bangka Belitung, Central Kalimantan, Central Sulawesi, East Kalimantan, North Maluku and South Sumatra. The eclipse will be visible in several cities of those provinces, including Balikpapan, Bangka, Belitung, Halmahera, Luwuk, Palangkaraya, Palembang, Palu, Poso, Sampit, Ternate and Tidore. (anh/ebf)
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