Aussie drowns at popular Bali beach
AN AUSTRALIAN man has died after being caught in a strong current while swimming at a Bali beach only hours after arriving for a family holiday.
Authorities said the 69-year-old was swimming at the popular Seminyak beach with his grandchild late yesterday when the tragedy unfolded.
The man and his family had only just arrived in Bali the same day for a six-day holiday.
Beach lifeguard co-ordinator, Ketut Ipel, told News Corporation that the man, Ashok Joshi, had gone to Seminyak beach about 5.15pm yesterday to swim.
He had only arrived in Bali earlier in the day with his wife, son and daughter-in-law and their family.
"On Thursday December 27 at around 5.15pm the victim and his grandchild went to the beach to swim. At 5.40pm, when the victim was swimming, a strong current swept him out and he drowned," Mr Ipel said.
"Beach life guards tried to help him but his condition didn't improve. He was taken to Bali International Medical Centre and at around 7.30pm his death was declared by a doctor.
It is understood the man had checked into a Seminyak hotel earlier that day, planning to stay until January 1.
The incident occurred at Seminyak beach, in front of the La Planca restaurant.