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Bali Kite Festival Touched by Tragedy

Eight-Year-Old Boy Dies From Injuries Sustained at Bali Kite Festival

(7/15/2012) The three-day long Bali International Kite Festival on Padang Galak Beach in Denpasar claimed the life of an eight-year-old boy on its final day, Sunday, July 15, 2012.

The child, Made Ade Yudi Sastrawan, suffered traumatic head injuries when a fish-shaped kite (bebean), measuring 8x5 meters, struck him.

The boy, who was watching the kite competition in the company of his mother, was rushed to the Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar where he died shortly after arriving at the emergency room.

Sastrawan, from Banjar Titih, Kapal, Mengwi, was a grade school student.

According to Radar Bali, police are considering if the boy’s death can be charged as a case of criminal negligence on the part of the team flying the kite. The boy was standing with a group watching the kite flying competition when the large kite crashed to the ground, striking several spectators.

Meanwhile, Gusti Putu Rai Andayana, the chairman of the Bali International Kite Festival, expressed his sympathy for the family of the child, saying this is the first time a fatality has occurred in connection with the annual event.

Andayana told the press that the incident, however, was purely an unfortunate accident without any intention to cause injury or death.

The organizers had provided a medical team from the Indonesian Red Cross to stand by at the event to handle any injuries that might occur.