A young Indian-origin senior economist, working with the World Bank, drowned after strong currents pulled her away while she was swimming in a restricted area at a beach in Bali, Indonesia on Saturday.
Aakansha Pande, 37, was a US citizen and Senior Health Economist at the World Bank where she focused on countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
Pande was declared dead when brought to hospital
The beach lifeguard tried to save Pande, who resided in Singapore, and took her to Siloam Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival, The Jakarta Post reported.
She died after being swept away by strong waves while swimming in the evening at the beach in front of Double Six Hotel in Seminyak, Bali, on Saturday, the report said.
Pande was warned by lifeguards for swimming in banned area
The lifeguard officials said, before the incident, Pande had been warned twice by the beach lifeguard as she was swimming in an area where swimming was banned due to strong currents.
"We have put (no swimming) signs in the area. But she kept swimming," the official said.
Earlier, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) had warned that high waves would hit Bali.