Tan, Judith. The Straits Times, p. 29. The recipients of the bursary fund in 2008 were Koh Seng Long and Peh Kai Jay.[25]. On 26 November 2007, the 17 surviving Team Singapore rowers arrived at the site of the incident at around 8.00am. It is with great sadness that we have received the tragic news that 17 members of the dragon boat community have lost their lives in Southern China. Later, they decided against wearing life jackets for the race. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.5. , p. 1. The dragon boat subsequently overturned and sank.10 The incident occurred at 5.25 pm.11Other boats in the vicinity picked up 12 of the 22 Singapore paddlers shortly after their boat capsized, but 10 team members were sucked into the swirling 10-metre-deep waters under the pontoon, which was bigger than a basketball court. Sloan, B. The Straits Times, p. 26. Five others came close to drowning too. On the afternoon of 24 November 2007, an elite eight-man team from Singapore’s Naval Diving Unit joined the search, utilising special sonar equipment to scan the riverbed.15After a 40-hour search, the bodies of the five casualties were found by the Cambodians on the morning of 25 November 2007.16 They were brought to Calmette Hospital, where the bodies were identified by grief-stricken family members who had arrived in Cambodia the evening before.17 The bereaved families returned to Singapore with the bodies of the deceased paddlers on the night of 26 November 2007, after conducting rituals at the site of the tragedy.18MemorialA joint memorial service was held on 29 November 2007 at Mandai Crematorium to mourn the deceased paddlers. (2008, May 31). A painstaking journey. Friday evening, November 23rd, 2007, Phnom Penh, Cambodia: I was part of the Singaporean national dragonboat team which lost 5 members. A dragon boat has capsized in Sitio Tulubhan in Boracay. Lee, H. C., & Jaganathan, J. Panel named to probe deaths of dragon boaters. The Singapore boat capsized as the 22 men were rowing back to the starting line at the end of the 1.5-kilometre Cambodia-ASEAN Traditional Boat Race. (2007, November 26). [Press release]. Recreation. (2007, November 25). The panel was chaired by Brigadier-General Bernard Tan Kok Kiang and included a senior counsel, a sports doctor and members of a sports safety committee. The Straits Times, p. 30. In this fierce competition, you will witness the wonderful scenes. The incident involved the Chung Ling High School dragon boat club, where eighteen paddlers took part in dragon boat training at Penang Strait. “They wanted to strive for better results, for our late teammates,” said Andrew Ng, who was part of the national setup in 2007, and continues to paddle today. Team had a ‘bad feeling’ on currents. (2008, June 4). The second and third bodies retrieved were identified to be Jeremy Goh Tze Xiong and Stephen Loh Soon Ann. Arshad, Arlina. J., & Quek, C. (2007, November 26). A Sunday of sorrow and tears for family members. Retrieved from Factiva via NLB’s eResources website: http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/29. The Straits Times, p. 26. The dragon boat then capsizedand killed six of the eighteen paddlers, including a teacher and several students. Hence, there was a possibility that the Singapore team were unaware of this information and went to the wrong side of the pontoon.[11]. Relatives ask: What happened on the river? , p. 59; Tan, J., & Liaw, W. (2007, November 25). Quek, C., Sloan, B., & Liaw, W. (2007, November 27). Retrieved from NewspaperSG; Singapore Sports Council. (2007, November 27). Five missing S’pore rowers feared dead. (2008, May 31). The memorial had been opened to members of the public and started at around 12.55pm that day. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.26. After a concerted effort led by the SDBA and its affiliates to recruit members of high potential in 2008, the national dragon boat team was revitalised for competition.35AuthorTerence FooReferences1. Cambodia’s Water Festival regarded as top attraction. Teh, J. L. (2007, December 5). Arshad, Arlina. On 29 November 2007, a joint memorial was held at Mandai Crematorium for the 5 deceased rowers. On 23 November 2007, a dragon boat carrying a 22-member team representing Singapore overturned in Cambodia’s Tonle Sap river after strong currents caused it to collide with a tugboat moored at a pontoon. (2008, June 4). At least six individuals were confirmed dead in the sea tragedy while others were immediately brought to the hospital. Some dragon boat paddlers do not wear life jackets so as to maximise their performance, as the life jackets can inhibit movement.8After completing the race, the team decided to paddle their dragon boat back to the docking area themselves, instead of waiting to be towed back.9 When they were near the shore, a wave hit the boat, causing it to collide with a tugboat moored to a concrete pontoon nearby. 11/28/2007. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.9. According to the Vice-president of the Cambodian National Committee for Disaster Management, Dr Nhim Vanda, all participating teams had been briefed that one side of the pontoon was “prone to whirlpools and downwards rips”, making it very dangerous. The formation of a dragon boat inquiry panel was announced on 4 December 2007. It recommended that Singapore’s dragon boat teams only compete in events that comply with IDBF standards; if events do not follow IDBF guidelines, the SDBA would assess the risks before deciding on participation. He felt that the presence of life jackets would have made it harder for the paddlers trapped under the pontoon to descend to greater depths where they could then use the force of the stronger currents there to swim out from under the pontoon and reach the surface.24A safety inquiry panel was set up on 4 December 2007 to investigate the deaths of the five paddlers and to conceive measures that would help prevent a recurrence of such incidents.25 The panel was chaired by Brigadier-General Bernard Tan Kok Kiang and included a senior counsel, a sports doctor and members of a sports safety committee.26Following the investigation, the panel issued a report on 30 May 2008, which concluded that a combination of factors was responsible for the tragedy.27 These included the team’s lack of preparation before the race, thus the unfamiliarity with the Tonle Sap river currents and the layout of the dock; insufficient practice with the Cambodian traditional boat used for the race, which was different from the boat typically used by the paddlers; and the team’s lack of established safety procedures such as safety briefings and drills for contingencies in the water.28The panel concluded that the Cambodian organisers had not adhered to the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) guidelines.29 It recommended that Singapore’s dragon boat teams only compete in events that comply with IDBF standards; if events do not follow IDBF guidelines, the SDBA would assess the risks before deciding on participation.30The inquiry did not identify the absence of life jackets as a cause of the tragedy.31 However, the families of the five paddlers who perished sought an apology from the SBDA for not enforcing the use of life jackets and to bear responsibility for the factors that contributed to the tragedy.32 The SBDA declined to assume responsibility for the mishap, and cited the findings of the inquiry panel as exonerating them from any fault.33Legacy of the tragedyThe SDBA did not field a team in any major dragon boating tournament in 2008. Five ordinary men, an extraordinary legacy. Then-Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Vivian Balakrishnan delivered a eulogy, followed by the victims’ families and friends.19A memorial “row-out” was conducted on 16 December 2007 at the Bedok Reservoir to express support for the national dragon boat team and rejuvenate the flagging spirit of the sport.20The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) dragon boat community raised S$125,000 for a bursary fund set up in 2008 to honour Poh Boon San and Stephen Loh, two of the victims who were NTU alumni. To Singapore Dragon Boat Association, for working hard to make sure we still get to do the sport we all love, despite the circumstances. 2010 Penang dragon boat tragedy is within the scope of the WikiProject Water sports, a collaborative effort to improve Wikipedia's coverage of Water sports.If you would like to participate, you can visit the project page, where you can join the project and see a list of open tasks. Retrieved from Singapore Sports Council website: http://www.sportsingapore.gov.sg/newsroom/media-releases/2008/6/safety-inquiry-reveals-factors-that-led-to-dragon-boat-incident; Hasnita A. Majid, & Hong, L. (2008, May 30). Strangers join family and friends to say goodbye, NTU dragon boat team raises $125,000 for bursary fund, Life jackets must be worn at overseas meets now, Panel named to probe deaths of dragon boaters. Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duan Wu Jie, is a widely observed annual Chinese cultural event in Singapore. (2008, May 31). However, they conceded that a language barrier might have prevented the message from being properly communicated to the Singapore team.13Casualties and recovery of bodiesThe five paddlers who lost their lives in the mishap were Chee Wei Cheng, a 20-year-old full-time national serviceman; Jeremy Goh Tze Xiong, a 24-year-old Singapore Institute of Management undergraduate; Stephen Loh Soon Ann, a 31-year-old physical-education teacher at the National Junior College; Reuben Kee En Rui, a 23-year-old music composer and former beauty pageant winner; and Poh Boon San, a 27-year-old engineer at the Defence Science and Technology Agency.14After the incident occurred, a Cambodian search-and-rescue team of more than 200 men, comprising volunteers from the local fishing community, divers, navy sailors and the police, began the search for the five missing bodies. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.31. On 24 November 2007, an elite team of 8 naval divers from the Singapore Naval Diving Unit arrived in Phnom Penh to join in the search with special sonar equipment, which allowed them to scan the riverbed for the bodies. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.4. Arshad, Arlina. The Straits Times, p. 81. The panel concluded that the Cambodian organisers had not adhered to the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) guidelines. Tan, J., & Liaw, W. (2007, November 25). Five others came close to drowning too. Loh, Sharon. It upheld the inquiry panel’s recommendation that the team should only participate in races that abided by the guidelines of the IDBF.34The mishap caused several members of the dragon boat team to give up the sport competitively. Ong, S. F. (2007, November 30). Retrieved from NewspaperSG.20. Claimed as the world’s largest observation wheel, the Singapore Flyer took two-and-a-half years to build following its ... Singapore’s women’s table tennis team comprising Li Jiawei, Feng Tianwei and Wang Yuegu fought a series of tough battles ... John Martin, born John Martin Scripps, was the first Westerner hanged in Singapore for murder on 19 April 1996. Five of them managed to resurface at the far end of the pontoon, but the remaining five did not.12The Cambodian authorities later revealed that they had cautioned the participating teams against approaching that pontoon, as the waters around it were susceptible to whirlpools and downward rips. Tan, Esther. On 28 November 2007, the Singapore Dragon Boat Association (SDBA) imposed a new regulation in which life jackets had to be worn at all times, inclusive of overseas races.[26]. For a gut-wrenching and descriptive eye-witness account of the scene in the aftermath of the tragedy, go here.. Today, p. 3; Tan, J., & Quek, C. (2008, July 15). The writer for the site is Justin Ong, a CNA journalist who was also one of the paddlers in the boat that capsized on 23 November 2007. A safety inquiry panel was set up on 4 December 2007 to investigate the deaths of the five paddlers and to conceive measures that would help prevent a recurrence of such incidents. It upheld the inquiry panel’s recommendation that the team should only participate in races that abided by the guidelines of the IDBF. 5. Retrieved from NewspaperSG; Singapore Sports Council. Cambodia’s Water Festival regarded as top attraction. The Straits Times, p. 59. Say sorry: Families to dragonboat group. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.33. (2007, November 26). Dragon boat tragedy: Victims’ families seek apology. Strangers join family and friends to say goodbye. Kor, Kian Beng. Five ordinary men, an extraordinary legacy. Lee, H. C., & Jaganathan, J. The coach of the ill-fated team, Nasiman Karim, was of the view that life jackets would have been more of a hindrance in the Tonle Sap mishap. The Straits Times, p. 59. [19] The rest of the team stayed at their hotel, as they were still recovering from the shock and devastation of losing their team members. The Straits Times, p. 1. Mr Paraiso recounted what he saw. NTU dragon boat team raises $125,000 for bursary fund. Singapore Dragon Boat Association (SDBA) On 28 November 2007, the Singapore Dragon Boat Association (SDBA) imposed a new regulation in which life jackets had to be worn at all times, inclusive of overseas races. The Straits Times, p. 2; Relatives ask: What happened on the river? THE Singapore National Dragon Boat Team that lost five rowers in last November's Cambodian race said the Tonle Sap river in Phnom Penh was the 'most difficult' they had ever encountered. Raises @ 125,000 for bursary fund ” Sitio Tulubhan in Boracay is celebrated on a smaller scale in.... 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