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Summit Preparations Costs Casualties

One Death and One Injury Among Indonesian Armed Forces During Pre-APEC Exercises

(10/4/2013) Two accidents during training exercises by Indonesian Army Special Forces (TNI Kopassus) in preparations for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference (APEC) have resulted in one death and one serious injury.

Beritabali.com quoted the chief of communications for 9th Udayana Military Command in Bali, Col. Handoko, who said a training incident that claimed the life of First Sergeant Eko Wahyu Setiawan who suffered from acute asthma. “Wahyu was hospitalized for two days at the Army Hospital. He died at mid day,” explained Handoko on Friday, October 4, 2013.

Meanwhile, another Kopassus member suffered an injury while performing an exercise at sea. The officer has been identified as First Lieutenant Rienlas Wideslatu. “He works as a commander of a Kopassus Assault Unit,” said Handoko. Wideslatu was injured while practicing a beach landing on Serangan Island near Sanur Beach.

Handoko said that due to fatigue resulting from battling currents, Wideslatu is now resting and now recovering at the Army Hospital.