A 4.5-metre (15ft) python killed a security guard in Indonesia's tourist paradise island of Bali.

Thesnake strangled Ambar Arianto Mulyo, 59, near the luxury Hyatt hotel in the resort of Sanur.

Mulyo, a security guard at a nearby restaurant, had attempted to capture the snake after it had been spotted several times in the area.

Early in the morning as the python made its way across a street near the hotel Mulyo attempted to capture it.

Eyewitnesses said he grabbed the snake's head and tail and put it on his shoulders but was subsequently overwhelmed by the animal.

Agung Bawa, an assistant security manager at the Hyatt hotel, said that the python wrapped itself around Mulyo's body and strangled him before escaping into nearby bushes.

"It happened so fast," Bawa said. "We could not do anything to help him."

Police were called and Mulyo was pronounced death by suffocation.

Denpasar police captain Gusti Ngurah Yudistira said that authorities were searching for the animal and warned people to be alert while it was still on the loose.