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Woman 'lost her sight' after drinking methanol

Reports in The Telegraph and The Mirror said that within days of drinking the methanol a woman, reported as reports as Cheznye Emmons, complained that she had lost her sight.

She went through the jungle to the nearest eye clinic, and was referred to a hospital in Sumatra, where she was placed in an induced coma.

Her parents flew to her bedside and made the decision to turn off her life support machine.

Indonesia has an alcohol tax of more than 200% on some products, which leads locals to brew their own home-made spirits.Methanol is a by-product of poor distillation techniques.

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Briton died after reportedly drinking 'poisoned alcohol'

A Briton has died after reportedly drinking poisoned alcohol during a trek in the Indonesian jungle.

The woman, named in reports as Cheznye Emmons, is said to have fallen ill after drinking from a bottle labelled "gin" bought from a local shop.

We can confirm the death of a British national in Indonesia and we are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time."

– Foreign Office spokesman

Two other travellers also had health problems after consuming the drink, which turned out to be filled with methanol, which is poisonous and causes kidney failure, blindness, seizures and death.

10th anniversary of Bali Bombings

Ten years ago today a family lost a son, brother, and husband in one of the worst terrorist attacks of the 21st century.

Londoner Dan Miller was on holiday in Bali, with his wife of just 5 weeks, when bombs ripped through nightclubs, killing him - and 27 other British citizens.

Today, a memorial was held in Central London for those victims. Dan's family have told London Tonight that a decade on, justice still hasn't been done for Dan - and the others who lost their lives.

They're calling for the last remaining suspect to stand trial.

Paul Brand went to meet them.

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London victim of Bali bombings remembered

One of the victims to die in the Bali bombings was Londoner Dan Miller.

He died in the 2002 blast just five weeks after he'd got married. His wife Polly Brooks survived, but suffered terrible burns.

Dan Miller and Polly Brooks with friends on their wedding day.
Dan Miller and Polly Brooks with friends on their wedding day. Credit: Family handout, PA
Dan Miller (right) with his sister Susanna (centre) and her partner Theresa.
Dan Miller (right) with his sister Susanna (centre) and her partner Theresa. Credit: Family handout, PA

Memorial service for victims of Bali bombings

A memorial service has taken place in Central London, to remember the victims of the Bali bombings ten years ago.

A total of 202 people, including 28 Britons, were killed when a terrorist group bombed two nightspots on the Indonesian island in 2002.

Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire speaking at the memorial service.
Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire said the bombings left an "indelible mark" on Britain's national memory. Credit: Sky News pool.
A woman lays a wreath of flowers by the memorial in St James's Park.
A woman lays a wreath of flowers by the memorial to the victims in St James's Park. Credit: Sky News pool.
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