Five plunge 100m to their deaths after glass lift cable snaps at popular resort

Five hotel workers have died after an elevator cable snapped plunging them down a steep embankment.

Two male and three female housekeepers were working at the Ayuterra Resort in the Ubud district of Bali, Indonesia, when the incident happened.

They got into a glass lift, which is extremely popular with Instagram influencers, at around 1pm on Friday.

The steel cable on the lift – which runs on a track up a 35-degree slope – snapped and sent the staff plunging 100 metres to their deaths, MailOnline reports.

The workers have been identified as Ni Luh Superningsih, 20, Kadek Hardiyanti, 24, Kadek Yanti Pradewi, 19, Sang Putu Bayu Adi Krisna, 19, and Wayan Aries Setiawan, 23. 

Their families have reportedly been paid more than $20,000 (around £16,000) from social security and the resort owners following the deaths.

It is thought the resort paid compensation on the condition the families will not pursue legal action.

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Resort owner Linggawati Utomo expressed her sympathies to the families.

The uncle of Mr Hardiyanti, Nyoman Suarila, told local publication Kumparan: ‘Even if we sue, our children will not return.

‘But we believe in karma. If the company is wrong, then it will get it. That’s our principle.

‘If the incident that caused my nephew’s death was the fault of a technician or something, it must be processed according to applicable law.’

Two of the workers died at the scene and the other three died in hospital a short time later.

A cook at the hotel, Ketut Suwiarta, told local media he heard screams and then crashing before he called the police.

The lift is used to transport both tourists and staff members between the high-up hotel and resort facilities on the ground.

Officers have now launched an investigation into how and why the cable broke with such disastrous consequences.

Bali’s deputy governor, Cok Ace, said Hindu ceremonies were held over the weekend to say goodbye to those lost and to cleanse the site.

‘I was at the resort earlier; the Bali Police were there, the police chief too, as well as several witnesses who knew of the incident,’ he said.

‘Earlier, when I was being interviewed there, I saw for myself the scene where the rope had broken.’

Ubud police chief and commissioner Made Uder said on Monday that the tragedy should be a ‘wake-up call’ to other businesses. 

‘The steel swing rope was not strong enough to pull the weight upwards, which was quite heavy, and the safety wedge or brake did not function, so the elevator slid downwards at high speed so this accident could not be avoided,’ he said.

The lift was said to have been last inspected for safety in November 2022.

All guests at the resort have been moved to stay in a temporary location while investigations are carried out.

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