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A Russian man, Alekseev Yuri, 44, died after boogie boarding on Seminyak Beach yesterday. Police suspect that the man was exhausted after trying to fight his way back to the beach after he was swept out to sea by waves.

The incident took place on Thursday morning at around 11am when the man came to the beach with his wife and decided to go for a paddle on a boogie board.

“When he came back to the beach after boogie boarding with his family, a lifeguard saw that he looked exhausted. The lifeguard helped him to a lounge chair. After he sat on the chair, he suddenly fell unconscious,” said the Head of Denpasar Polres, First Inspector HA Muh Nurul Yaqin, to on Thursday.

The lifeguard called an ambulance and after he was taken to hospital, and a witness said that the man was still breathing. “The man arrived at Siloam Hospital at around 11.45am, and a few minutes later he was declared dead,” he added.

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  • Kyle

    I was a witness to incident, and confirm that the details of this story are false. The life guard did absolutely nothing to help, and actually flat out refused to my face to call an ambulance – I quote “not my problem, not my hotel”. I myself had to run and find help, thankfully somebody was able to scooter me to an emergency room where I was able to get an ambulance to the beach. Unfortunately by the time we had reached the beach the man was already gone and CPR was underway… the ambulance people left 5 minutes after arriving as “they don’t take dead bodies…”. A number of us reported this to the hotel manager the life guard worked for and he said he will investigate the incident and make the necessary lay offs if required. The whole event was sickening to watch and the total lack of care for human life was appalling. I hope this story is taken down or re-edited, and that the life guard is never allowed on that beach again.

  • Peter

    This is an appalling case when help is needed by a person in distress and is refused ultimately resulting in the loss of life. It is totally irresponsible of lifeguards who have the skills and knowledge to save lives but choose to refuse to help because they are not from their Hotel. They have a moral and ethical responsibiltiy to help and to save lives at any cost and to call an Ambulance. In this instance the Ambulance should have taken the person to the Hospital and make every effort to resuscitate the person. Their should be a Coronial Inquiry into the case and the necessary steps to improve the training and understanding of the Lifeguards and Ambulance staff in an emergency.

  • Mel

    We were over there a few weeks ago and my friends husband pulled two people on just near Tropicola…. the lifeguard was being called and whistled and was ignoring what was going on… luckily once they were brought to shore there was an Austria doctor doing surfing lessons who was waiting…. the life guard wondered down and looked and then walked away…. took 45 minutes for an ambulance to come and we had to carry them to the van and then had some locals trying to film in the van!
    Have to say some of the locals who worked on the beach were great, help with getting lounges, calling the ambulance, getting umbrellas and giving the australians helping water!
    The two people are only alive because my friends husband saved them… 1 minute longer and they would have drowned!

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