An Australian man has died after being “smashed” by a huge wave on a remote Indonesian beach.
Police say Peter Lore, 27, was surfing five-metre waves off Jelenga Beach in West Sumbawa on Tuesday when he went missing.
His two friends used the boat they’d hired to search for him and eventually found his body on a nearby reef.
West Sumbawa police chief Teddy Hendyawan Syarif says the surf at the spot known as Scar Reef was huge on Tuesday.
“The victim’s death was caused by a wave smashing into him, which at that time was massive, up to five metres high,” he told reporters.
Police were co-ordinating with Australian authorities to repatriate Mr Lore’s body, he said.
A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said: “Consular officials are providing assistance to the family of an Australian man who has died in Indonesia.”
The island of Sumbawa lies to the east of better-known islands Lombok and Bali, but its waves lure surfers who are willing to make the trek.