The body of a tourist has been pulled out from under a bridge in Bali, sparking an urgent warning for travellers to abide by one simple rule.
The man, identified by local police as 33-year-old Ukrainian citizen Denys Rozanov, had been riding his motorbike when he lost control and fell off the bridge on Tuesday morning, knocking his head on a concrete structure before landing in the water.
His body was found at 8am, according to local media, but police believe he had been in the water for up to five hours before his body was located. It’s believed he was not wearing a helmet.
Photos from the scene show the man’s rented motorbike submerged in murky water, while video shows police wheeling Mr Rozanov’s body away on a stretcher.
The tourist was travelling along the Canggu Shortcut at the time of the crash, an infamous piece of road built to join two busy neighbourhoods.
While the 800m route has become a popular path to avoid traffic between Canggu and Seminyak, it’s also been labelled “dangerous”. The road is barely wider that the width of one car, and vehicles and scooters frequently fall off the sides into the rice fields due to crumbling pavers and chaotic traffic.
Accident sparks calls for helmets to be worn
The latest death has renewed calls for tourists to wear helmets when riding around the island.
The Canggu Pole, a community Instagram page that usually shares memes and funny videos taken in Bali, issued some advice after hearing of the man’s death on Tuesday.
“If you’re not confident driving, just don’t do it. Gojek (a company similar to Uber) is literally cheaper than a bike rental and 100% safer. Simple. Safe,” the page posted to their stories.
“How about we look out for each other? Let’s not let each other go home alone. It ain’t much but it could be everything just that one time, and if nothing else it shows we care.”
They also posted some examples of what not to do – including a video of one tourist standing on the seat of his scooter while overtaking another bike and swerving around a bend.
“This screams deportation to me,” the caption on the video read.
They also shared an image of a “stupid” tourist riding on one of Bali’s busiest roads with two helmets attached to the back of the scooter – and nothing on his head.
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