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Jakarta Post

Climber dies on Mount Semeru

  • Aman Rochman

    The Jakarta Post

Malang   /   Tue, May 21, 2019   /   06:02 pm
Climber dies on Mount Semeru The four peaks of (clockwise from left) Bromo, Semeru, Widodaren and Batok are seen from the Penanjakan 1 observation point at Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park (TNBTS). (JP/Nedi Putra AW)

A mountain climber reportedly died on Saturday on Mount Semeru in East Java on account of poor health.

Prasetyo Tjondro, 62, an American citizen who was born in Yogyakarta, visited Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park (TNBTS) on Friday with a group of 21 people to climb the mountain.

Prasetyo had been complaining of a stomach ache at the time.

“He hadn’t climbed the mountain. He was still at the shelter at the Ranu Kumbolo camp site. He died while receiving first aid,” national park head Jhon Kenedie told The Jakarta Post on Monday.

At 11 p.m. on Saturday evening, Jhon said group coordinators Lutfiana Hanifah and Edi called Ranupani, the mountain’s climbing entrance post.

“They asked us to send help to take Prasetyo from Ranu Kumbolo to Ranupani because he was sick. However, on Sunday, at around 12:30 a.m., they contacted the rescue team to tell them that he had already passed away,” he added.

Jhon said the six members of the TNBTS rescue team had taken Prasetyo back to Ranupani post at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

His body was then taken to Lumajang Hospital. An initial plan included an autopsy, however his wife did not feel one was necessary as she had accepted his passing. (hol)