Well-known journalist Mark Deitch died in Bali in Indonesia trying to rescue a child. On Thursday, Moskovsky Komsomolets reported, “Today, we learned the tragic news that Mark died, drowning in the ocean. For many years, he worked on our publication”. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MID) noted that Deitch died in an attempt to save a child from drowning. A statement released on Thursday on the official MID website stated, “On 2 May, whilst he was on holiday, the famous Russian journalist Mark Deitch drowned in an accident at the Seminyak resort on the Indonesian island of Bali in an attempt to save a child. The Russian embassy in Jakarta and the Russian honorary consul in Bali were in contact with Indonesian authorities, as well as with his wife, who’s also in Indonesia, to offer her all necessary aid”.
Ksenia Deitch, his widow, told the Russian News Service that they were on holiday with friends, and that her husband went with their daughter’s friends in the ocean, where strong currents apparently knocked one off her feet, Deitch tried to push the girl closer to shore, but when they tried to save him it was too late. Ksenia Deitch reported that the funeral’s tentatively scheduled for 14 May. Deitch was 67-years-old. In Soviet times, Deitch was an opposition journalist; he gained fame by working at Radio Liberty. He also worked on such publications as the Literaturnaya Gazeta, Izvestiya, and Moskovsky Komsomolets.
3 May 2012
Voice of Russia World Service