Destinations

Tourist rescued after six days trapped in a Bali well

A man who fell into a well and broke his leg on Indonesian tourist island Bali has been rescued, after being trapped for nearly a week.

The Australian Associated Press reported that Roberts Jacob Matthews, 29, stumbled into the nearly empty four metre-deep concrete well after being chased by a wild dog.

He was unable to get out for six days, until a farmer in Pecatu village, Bali heard his “weak” voice asking for help on Saturday, police said, according to AAP.

Villagers reportedly gave Matthews food and water and tried to help by throwing him a rope, but he said he could not be pulled up due to his injuries.

Police chief Yusak Agustinus Sooai said a team from a local search-and-rescue agency went into the well and lifted the 29-year-old out late on Saturday, the AAP reported. They then took him to a nearby hospital for treatment.

“[Matthews] told authorities that he had been trying to evade a wild dog that chased him,” Sooai said.

“He survived only by drinking water in the well.”

Matthews, who has been holidaying in Bali since March, held a Ukraine passport and a driver’s licence issued by the UK, Sooai said.


Featured image: National Search and Rescue Agency of Indonesia

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