Antara News Agency reports that 14 people lost their lives through drowning on Bali's Kuta beach in 2004. The number of drowning deaths were evenly split between foreign and Indonesian swimmers.
While the figure for 2004 represents 2 more deaths (+14.3%) than drowning deaths recorded the previous year, Kuta's volunteer life-guards confronted dramatic increase in beach visitors over the past year as tourism numbers returned to normal. Also, to the life savers' credit, 309 rescues were recorded in 2004, nearly 30% more lives saved than in 2003.
According to the Antara report, 403 tourists have perished while swimming on Kuta beach over the past 33 years, while 3,154 people were rescued by Kuta's lifeguard service.
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