In Bali, a diver films an ocean of plastic waste

Ah, Bali … its white sand beaches, its volcanic reliefs … and its hundreds of marine litter. The splendid turquoise waters of "the island of the gods" look more and more like a plastic discharge . Rich Horner is the witness. An amateur diver, he filmed in March 2018 one of his marine trips to Manta Point, on the small island of Nusa Penida. The waters of this island in the Balinese province are usually popular for their rich manta rays. The tourist had the unpleasant surprise of being in the middle of a bench of plastic waste. On Facebook the Briton comments his video with a sarcastic message: "The currents of the ocean brought us a beautiful gift with jellyfish, plankton, leaves, branches, palms, stems, etc. Oh, and plastic. " The image is impressive, especially when a manta ray and a jellyfish cross the field. And the diver to bid: "Plastic bags, still plastic bags, plastic, plastic, so much plastic!"

And these wastes represent only a part of the iceberg. Gede Hendrawa, researcher in oceanography at Udayana University in Bali, pollution alert on a smaller scale. "Wastes disturb the tourists from an aesthetic point of view but the problem of plastic is much more serious than that: microplastics can contaminate fish which, if eaten by humans, can cause problems health like cancer ".

The diver's experience is far from a single episode. It highlights an already well-known phenomenon in Bali, whose reputation pales by the growing presence of rubbish on its beaches. Local authorities have declared the island of 4 million inhabitants in "state of emergency waste" in November 2017. Nearly 700 cleaning employees and 36 trucks are mobilized every day. the shore of Kuta Beach. The problem, however, is of greater magnitude: Indonesia is the second largest producer of plastic marine litter after China. This represents 1.29 million tonnes thrown into the sea every year! With its 17,000 or so islands, the largest archipelago has pledged in 2017 to the UN to reduce its marine pollution by 70%. Manta rays will appreciate the gesture.

A diver films an ocean of garbage in the waters of Bali

Millions of tourists flock every year to the sandy beaches of Bali's Indonesian island, but a video shot by a British diver highlights a worrying problem: clear waters stained with plastic waste. [19659002] This underwater video made this week by Rich Horner shows the diver swimming underwater amidst hundreds of plastic garbage and other debris at Manta Point, on the small island of Nusa Penida, southeast of Bali , where tourists come to observe the manta rays.

"The currents of the ocean brought us a beautiful gift with jellyfish, plankton, leaves, branches, palms, stems, etc … Oh, and plastic" , wrote the diver not ironically on his Facebook account.

All kinds of plastics – including bottles, goblets and straws – floated around him.

"Plastic bags, still plastic bags , plastic, pl astique, so much plastic! ", he added.

The mounds of garbage that accumulate on the beaches are damaging to Bali's reputation, presented as a dream island with turquoise waters, and highlight the rubbish problem in Indonesia

The fourth most populated country in the world with some 255 million inhabitants, this Southeast Asian archipelago is the world's second largest producer of marine litter after China, with 1.29 million tonnes per annum thrown at sea, causing immense damage to ecosystems and health.

For I Gede Hendrawa, researcher in oceanography at Udayana University in Bali, "the waste disturbs tourists by one point But the problem of plastic is much more serious than that: microplastics can contaminate fish that, if eaten by humans, can cause health problems such as cancer. "

Two inmates Americans who have escaped from Bali prison have been arrested

Authorities have recaptured an American man who escaped the crowded prison and lack of officers on the island of Bali, police said Sunday.

Christian Beasley, 32, is believed to have escaped during heavy rain last Monday from Kerobokan Prison in the provincial capital of Bali, Denpasar, by sawing the ceiling, then climbing a 6 meter high wall behind the prison.

The prison chief, Tonny Nainggolan, said earlier that another American prisoner, Paul Anthony Hoffman, 57, is serving a 20-month prison sentence since July for a robbery, was arrested while attempting to flee with Beasley.

Beasley was arrested in August at a post office in the Kuta tourist area of ​​Bali when he reportedly was about to receive a package containing 5.7 grams of hashish drugs . He was tried and sentenced to be dropped last Tuesday, the day after he escaped.

Bali police detective Made Pramestia says Beasley has reached the island of Lombok by ship on the day he escaped.

Pramestia says Beasley was re-arrested Saturday in a a gang near the coast of Lombok after a five-day search.

An investigation is underway to determine whether prison officials are involved in the escape, said Surung Pasaribu from the local office of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. He also said there was a shortage of officers in the prison, built to accommodate about 300 people but inhabited by nearly 1,600 inmates. [gp]