A 25-year old Swedish man's decision to climb Bali's Mount Batur ended tragically on Wednesday, March 31, 2010, when Daniel Petersen slipped and fell to his death in the crater of the still mildly active volcano.
The ill-fated young man commenced his climb at 4:00 am in the company of 4 traveling companions and a local guide. Arriving at the rim of the volcano after sunrise at 7:00 am, he reportedly was peering into the smoking crater when he slipped and fell some 100 meters into the steaming cauldron.
Search and rescue workers were summoned and only managed to successfully evacuate the man's body eight hours after his fall. Petersen's badly bruised body with significant wounds to the head suggests he was killed by the impact of falling against the jagged rocks of the volcano.
Thousands of people climb the mountain in the company of local guides each year, largely without incident or injury.
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