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A Belgian tourist, Denis Andre Dasoul, 34, died after being struck by lightning while surfing on Batu Bolong Beach, Canggu on Sunday afternoon.

The man had been lodged at Villa Ngeluwungan, Jalan Pantai Pererenan, Mengwi.

North Kuta police went to the scene after receiving a report related to the incident. A witness, Gede Sugeng Pitnawa, 33, stated that he sat on the seashore at 2.15pm watching the victim finish a training session with his surfing instructor.

While they surfed in front of the Batu Bolong temple, lightning suddenly struck the pair and they were both knocked off their surfboards and fell into the water.

Tourists and local people around the scene came to their rescue and took them to Canggu Medika by ambulance.

Both victims were sent to Sanglah Hospital at around 2.45pm.

“The chest of the victim turned blue and he possibly died on the way to the hospital. His instructor’s left thigh also turned blue,” the witness told

Based on information from an employee of Villa Ngeluwungan, Banjar Pengembungan, Perenenan, the victim checked in on Saturday and was checking out on Monday. The victim checked in with a woman named Alliason Simone, 31, also from Belgium.

Image: Danger in the surf. (