The Water Blow tourist site at the Indonesia Tourism Development (ITDCC) complex at Nusa Dua has claimed more victims, though fortunately no lives were lost, as quoted from Seminyak Times.
Three German and two Dutch tourists were swept away by the waves while they were on the water blow’s walkway, falling down to the coral rocks that resulted in serious injuries on Sunday (16/7).
“We have stated all the rules at the entrance and inside the water blow area, but visitors sometimes ignore them. They always want to get as near as possible so they can take a better photo of the crashing waves.” said Made Pariwijaya, The Head of ITDC’s Operational Division.
Tourists are usually carelessly going near the edge of the rock to get a better view and for the selfie. The management of the area has installed two warning signs so they can be vigilant of large waves and also keep an ideal distance if they wish to witness the waves crashing on the rocks.
The two Dutch citizens were still undergoing treatment at BIMC Hospital in Nusa Dua.
“The ITDC officers had actually warned them but no one took much heed. After it happened, the officers were very swift in evacuating them and were able to rescue everyone.” added Pariwijaya.
When the waves are too high a fence will automatically shut the entrance of Water Blow, after receiving a warning feed from the surveillance cameras as well as based on observations of conditions on the ground, especially when the waves continually crashing down the south and eastern side of the water blow. Pariwijaya added that he will increase security by having an officer on guard 24 hours a day.