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    16 Year Old Australian dies in Bali

    Aussie teenager dies in Bali

    AN Australian teenager has died on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.

    The Department of Foreign Affairs says a 16-year-old boy from NSW died in Bali on May 3.

    It is believed he died in a scuba diving accident, but this has not yet been confirmed by officials.

    "Consular officials from the Australian Consulate-General in Bali are providing consular assistance to the teenager's family in Bali," the department said in a statement.

    Bali is a popular holiday destination for Australians.
    source: news.com.au

    Anybody have any further info on this?

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    Seems to be some conflicting reports already!
    Australian teenager dies while snorkelling in Bali

    An Australian boy has died in Bali on a snorkelling trip with his family, apparently by drowning.Authorities on the tourist island said yesterday that Jake Francis McCabe, of Avoca on the NSW central coast, had died yesterday morning while snorkelling off Jungut Batu beach at Nusa Lembongan, an island to the east of the main island of Bali.It is thought the cause of death was drowning.Advertisement: Story continues below
    Police chief Tri Wahyudi told Fairfax that the boy, who turned 16 last month, and his family had hired a boat to take them from their hotel in Legian to the well known diving, snorkelling and surfing area.The family had been snorkelling together but the boy stayed out on his own after the rest of his family came in to the beach, he said.When the boy surfaced, they believe he may have hit his head on a small boat that was anchored near where he was snorkelling.The boy's father removed him from the ocean and administered CPR before taking him to hospital on the island, but he was pronounced dead on arrival, the police chief said.He said the family had not requested an autopsy and planned to fly the boy's remains back to Australia.The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it could confirm the death yesterday of a boy from NSW."Consular officials from the Australian consulate-general in Bali are providing consular assistance to the teenager’s family in Bali," a spokesman said.A friend posted the following tribute on Facebook: "RIP. Young Jack McCabe from Avoca. 15yrs, a beautiful life taken tragically today in Bali. Our Love and thoughts are with all the family and so many friends from Kincumber High. RIDE THE SURF JACK. You will be forever missed.xx"In November last year, Jake Flannery, 18, who was celebrating the end of school, died of electrocution outside Jokers Bar and Grill at Legian Beach in Bali's Kuta district.


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    Yes, it seems that news.com.au has updated their story as well and removed reference to it being a scuba diving incident.

    Still horrible news though

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    This one suggest snorkeling, and makes brief mention of hitting his head on the boat: VALE JACK: Tears for Aussie teen after tragic Bali drowning | News.com.au
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    Yes, it appears he hit his head when surfacing.
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    in reports today the boy's mother has dismissed reports that he hit his head as being rubbish. He was trying to go deeper and deeper. Sounds like a shallow water blackout to me.

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    Yeah he did blackout because he was doing frequent freedives, was obviously inexperienced and wouldn't know about the hypoxia stuff. Apparently he loved the ocean and snorkelling.. I hope and pray his family are coping OK. Sad for someone to pass so young.

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    I came across the following blog entry about the boy's death while searching for news about dive accidents resulting in 2 deaths in Bali few days ago (the month of the accident is April vs. May 3 in the original news quote in this threat, but I think it's the same boy and accident)

    "It has been claimed that the Australian teenager who died whilst snorkelling in Bali in April this year had taken in some air at depth from a diver before returning to the surface. He then surfaced too quickly without expelling the air sufficiently and suffered a lung embolism."
    Steve's Scuba Site: TEENAGER SNORKEL DEATH IN BALI

    If the claim is true, it's hard to categorize the accident a snorkel or dive one.

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