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Child Lost to Freak Wave at Tanah Lot Temple

Chinese Tourist Drowns While Posing for Family Photo at Tanah Lot

(2/8/2014) A Chinese tourist, eleven-year-old Tan Jia Tong, was swept off a large rock near Bali's fabled Tanah Lot Temple on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, by a large wave and carried into deeper water where she subsequently drowned.

The horrifically scene was witnessed by the child's parents, Tan Yi and Tan Bo, who were also swept into the sea. Shore patrol lifeguards responding to the scene managed to assist the two adults to shore but needed 30 minutes to find the child and bring her lifeless body back to land.

The family had reportedly ventured out onto coral heads to pose for a photograph near the iconic temples when a large wave swept them into the ocean

According the local officials, visitors to Tanah Lot are continuously reminded to exercise caution and not to venture out onto the coral heads where sudden sweeping waves are an ever-present threat.