The Straits Times
Published on Dec 21, 2012

Singaporean tourist dies while climbing Bali volcano


DENPASAR - A Singaporean tourist, who is believed to have had a history of heart ailments, died while climbing Mount Batur on the resort island of Bali on Friday.

The tourist, identified by a local media report as 40-year-old Suresh Perumal Ramaswamy, died as the group he was with reached a height of 500 metres above sea level after having trekked about 1.5 kilometres from base camp, a local guide said.

"He had just climbed some 1.5 kilometres when he suddenly became unwell," said Jero Mukun, one of two guides who took Ramaswamy and five other Singaporeans up the volcano. The group departed from Pura Jati on the southern slope of Mount Batur, which stands at 1,717 metres above sea level, the Jakarta Globe reported.

A joint team from the local police and Bali's search and rescue agency brought the body down amid heavy rain to Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar.