47-year-old man dies in drowning accident while picking up fishing gear in East Coast Park
Singapore – A 47-year-old man accidentally drowned when he was taken to sea on Saturday (November 6).
Despite valiant efforts to save the man by three other people who were fishing at the time, the man could not be resuscitated when he was brought back to shore at East Coast Park, near the house of Enak Enak HongKong tea.
The incident happened around 11 p.m.
A report from the Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao said the man was already packing his fishing gear when the waves blew him away.
The other three fishermen saw him floating in the water and went into the water to save him, dragging him to the shore.
A witness to the incident said Lianhe Wanbao that he heard a commotion while he was working and saw a man in dark clothes lying unconscious on the shore, surrounded by other people trying to revive him.
A spokesperson for the Singapore Civil Defense Forces said a plea for help was received that night.
The victim was taken to Changi General Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
And while the case is still under investigation, a foul play is not suspected.
Lianhe Wanbao added that the man and his partner had been drinking while fishing. When the time came for them to return home, the man began to collect their fishing gear, which was scattered in different parts near the water.
However, he later ended up in the sea.
Last year, another man also drowned in East Coast Park as he celebrated his 53rd birthday with his older brother and his family. They were on a picnic at the park on October 11, 2020.
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The outing took a dark turn when shortly after the picnic was set up, the man was nowhere to be found. The family were alarmed when someone who had seen the man earlier told them he had not been out of the water for 15 minutes.
After her search proved difficult due to the rough water conditions, the family called the Singapore Civil Defense Forces (SCDF) for help around 2:15 p.m.
The SCDF has deployed three teams in search of the missing man: divers from the Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team to conduct underwater searches, marine firefighters aboard a rapid response vessel to reach the waters from the area and the fire department to perform a visual search from the shore.
After three and a half hours, as night approached, the search was halted for safety reasons.
Teams intended to resume the search at dawn the next morning, but the man’s body was found floating in the water at 7:14 a.m. that night, the SCDF said.
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He was pronounced dead at the scene by a paramedic. / TISG
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