Paradise lost: Australian tourist's Bali trip takes tragic turn

Content Warning: This article contains details of a horrific death that some readers may find distressing or triggering. Reader discretion is advised.

Travelling abroad is often an exciting adventure, filled with new experiences and memories to be made.

However, for one Australian family, a holiday in Bali turned into a heartbreaking ordeal.

A 77-year-old Australian tourist tragically lost her life in a freak accident that serves as a stark reminder of how quickly joy can turn to sorrow.

Rita Myrsel Lubin was enjoying her time in Bali, a destination known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant culture, and welcoming locals.

She was staying at the serene Villa Seriska Satu in Sanur, a popular spot for many Australians seeking a peaceful getaway.

Accompanied by her 54-year-old son, Louis Jean Francois Lubin, and other family members, Ms Lubin was making the most of her tropical retreat until an unforeseen incident cut her trip—and her life—tragically short.

A 77-year-old Australian woman died while on holiday in Bali. Credits: Shutterstock

On a seemingly ordinary Sunday afternoon, Ms Lubin was navigating her way through the bustling Sindhu Night Market, a place where tourists and locals alike come to shop and enjoy the lively atmosphere.

Ms Lubin was on her way to the beach, a journey she had likely made before without incident.

However, as she descended a flight of stairs around 12 pm, disaster struck.

According to local spokesperson Ketut Sukadi, ‘When the victim went down stairs, she lost… balance and fell down into a glass wall in one of the art shops.’

‘Locals in the market immediately helped the victim, and tried to call the victim's son in his villa.’

‘The victim's son immediately rushed the victim to the nearest hospital, Bali Mandara Hospital. However, the victim died as she lost too much blood,’ he continued.

The aftermath of such a tragic event is always chaotic and filled with grief.

Ms Lubin’s son, Louis Jean Francois, faced with the unimaginable task of dealing with the aftermath, filed a report with the local police and began the process of repatriating his mother's body back to Australia.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade acknowledged the incident, stating that they are ‘providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian woman who died in Bali’.

‘We send our deepest condolences to the family at this difficult time,’ a spokesperson said.

‘Owing to our privacy obligations we cannot provide further comment.’

Amidst the allure of tropical getaways, tragedies can unfold, as highlighted by the recent incident involving an Australian tourist in Bali.

This sobering reality resonates with another harrowing tale of a beach outing gone awry for an Australian woman, underscoring the importance of vigilance and safety precautions, especially in unfamiliar environments.
Key Takeaways
  • A 77-year-old Australian woman named Rita Myrsel Lubin tragically died in Bali after falling into a glass pane at a market.
  • Ms Lubin was visiting the Sindhu Night Market in Sanur with her family when she lost her balance and suffered a fatal accident.
  • Her son, Louis Jean Francois, and locals attempted to assist her before she was rushed to Bali Mandara Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries due to significant blood loss.
  • The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to the Lubin family, and arrangements are being made to bring Ms Lubin's body back to Australia.
Do you have some advice to ensure your safety while on a holiday? We invite you to share your thoughts in the comments below.
Yes! do not go to Bali. If one at this age is going downstairs and falls, do you blame the stairs?
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Oh I feel for her family what a tragedy. I was in France some yrs ago, had judged dogs in Italy and visiting some Boston Terrier people, I was directed by a staff member that this was the train to get on For Chauveny mmm wrong train, got off at Lyon to change, got on escalator huge mistake of putting heavy suitcase in front. I fell backwards hitting my head, thankfully someone stopped the escalator. 3 handsome ambo men arrived to check me out, I said I was ok. Had to stay overnight in an expensive hotel, at first insurance were not going to refund my stay but did come to the party. So mine was very minor, just felt embarrassed
There’s no advice one can give to someone going on holiday anywhere, beyond saying, be careful, watch what you eat and drink, and have a safe trip….I mean an accident is just that, an accident, and can happen to anyone either at home or abroad…………I also don’t think that reporting on this kind of thing is ‘Newsworthy’……… 🤷‍♀️

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