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60-Year-Old French Tourist Dies While Climbing Baliís Mount Batur

(6/17/2012) A 60-year-old French tourist, Marlin Jean-Charles Georgoes, died while climbing Mount Batur in the Bangli regency of Bali on Sunday. June 10, 2012.

The man reportedly suffered breathing difficulties while making the arduous four-hour climb to the Mount Batur’s crater. Georgoes was part of a 14-member group of family and friends led by three local guides who commenced the climb at 4:00 am.

According to Radar Bali, after four hours of climbing, as the group neared the 1,820-meter high summit the Frenchman experienced respiratory distress. Efforts by members of the group and local guides to assist the man, including CPR, were unsuccessful.

Georgoes was from Giens, France where he was employed as a nuclear power plant worker.

Police estimate the man died at 8:00 am.

Rescue workers were dispatched up the mountain to evacuate the body and bring it to the Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar for autopsy.