Arlina Arshad. The Singapore Dragon Boat community will come together to remember the five national dragon boaters who lost their lives in a tragic accident in Cambodia two years ago. (2007, November 25). The Straits Times, p. 1. 10. [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. According to the Singapore Navy Chief Pes Lim, all 5 bodies were located near each other --- at the confluence of the Tonle Sap River, Tonle Bassac River and Mekong River.[18]. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.20. Arshad, Arlina. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.28. , p. 1; Lee, H. C., & Jaganathan, J. The inquiry did not identify the absence of life jackets as a cause of the tragedy. Kor, Kian Beng. The Straits Times, p. 29. At 19-years-old, Mr Ong survived the boating accident while representing his home country Singapore. The continuous promotion of safety in their respective sport should be a fundamental responsibility of all National Sports Associations (NSAs). (2007, November 28). and correct as far as we are able to ascertain from our sources. During a press conference on 30 May 2008, the panel concluded their findings and presented certain lapses as well as recommendations they had regarding the incident. (2008, May 31). Retrieved from NewspaperSG.6. “Life jackets must be worn at overseas meets now”. The Straits Times, p. 3. Quek, C., & Sloan, B. Team had a ‘bad feeling’ on currents. Tan, J., & Quek, C. (2007, November 27). Local rescue efforts. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.25. Lee, H. C., & Jaganathan, J. No single factor responsible for dragon boat tragedy. Read: My first-person account. [12] The Cambodian authorities then organised a search party consisting of more than 200 people to search for the 5 missing Singaporeans, who were sitting at the front of the boat when it capsized. The Straits Times, p. 4. The SDBA and its affiliates should put in place a proper system in preparation for races. The Straits Times, p. 1. - On behalf of the IDBF Council and of the dragon boat communit Exhilarating and versatile Dragon Boat singapore experience Suitable for both Kids & Adults Promote learning outcomes such as leadership, communication, team work & school values Learning & Bonding through the power of fun & play Able to organise event for both small groups (15 pax) & larger groups (100 to Unlimited pax!) Ong, Justin. 200 search for missing rowers. The Straits Times, p. 2; Relatives ask: What happened on the river? Dragon boat inquiry panel. 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. Today, on the tenth anniversary of the tragedy, ... Be among the first to know about COVID-19 updates and other breaking news in Singapore and the world. Bodies of dragon boat paddlers recovered. 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. 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. The team was unfamiliar with the conditions of the race, the site of the race and the equipment provided for them to race with. Assess risks before saying ‘yes’. Quek, C., Sloan, B., & Liaw, W. (2007, November 27). The summer solstice occurs around 21 June and is the reason why Chinese refer to their festival as "Duan Wu" or "Duen Ng". The dragon boat then capsizedand killed six of the eighteen paddlers, including a teacher and several students. 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 Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) on Wednesday expressed their condolences to the families of the seven paddlers who died after their dragon boat capsized during training in Boracay. (2007, December 3). Team had a ‘bad feeling’ on currents. 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. On 16 December 2007, a dragon boating event was held at Bedok Reservoir to honour those who died during the incident, as well as a show of support for the survivors. Dragon boat inquiry panel. (2007, December 17). J., & Quek, C. (2007, November 26). Lee, H. C., & Jaganathan, J. Liaw, Wy-Cin. Dragon boat teams ‘warned’ of strong currents at pontoon. 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. Subject They narrowed the cause of the incident to a number of contributing factors, which were as follows:[28], The panel then proposed a few preventive measures for the Singapore Dragon Boat Association and their affiliates to consider adopting. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.31. [16] The body was identified to be Chee Wei Cheng, and was retrieved at 8.00am. No single factor responsible for dragon boat tragedy. (2007, November 2. The Straits Times, p. 59. Lee, H. C., & Jaganathan, J. Tan, J., & Song, S. (2008, June 4). Tan, Esther. Safety inquiry reveals factors that led to dragon boat incident [Press release]. Age-old tradition lives on in modern Singapore with the Dragon Boat Festival, a traditional Chinese holiday with apocryphal origins dating back to China’s Warring States era. Loh, S., Tan. 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). To our coach Wee Jin Tan, for planning training in ways unimaginable. Loh, Sharon. He recalls that fateful Friday evening of November 23rd, 2007. Bodies of dragon boat paddlers recovered. Quek, C., Sloan, B., & Liaw, W. (2007, November 27). The Straits Times, p. 26. (2008, May 31). J., & Quek, C. (2007, November 26). c/o Sport Singapore, 3 Stadium Drive, #01-33 Singapore 397630 31. The Straits Times, p. 1. The Singapore Dragon Boat community will come together to remember the five national dragon boaters who lost their lives in a tragic accident in Cambodia two years ago. The Straits Times, p. 54. Life jackets must be worn at overseas meets now. 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. (2007, November 26). to express support for the national dragon boat team and rejuvenate the flagging spirit of the sport. Today, p. 3; Tan, J., & Quek, C. (2008, July 15). Dragon boat races and dumplings—two of the most distinctive elements of the festival — … Arlina Arshad. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.34. Five others came close to drowning too. Five others came close to drowning too. GA This article has been rated as GA-Class on the project's quality scale. (2007, November 27). Singapore working with Cambodia to fly bodies of five Singaporeans home. The Straits Times, p. 44. (2008, May 31). Channel NewsAsia. 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. FOCUS Adventure. Five missing S’pore rowers feared dead. Singapore's women table tennis players win Olympic silver. That's what caused dragon boat deaths”. Strong water currents caused the helmsman to lose control of the dragon boat and collide with a tugboat. 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. “Strangers join family and friends to say goodbye”. This page was last edited on 29 April 2019, at 19:55. 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. Hence, there was a possibility that the Singapore team were unaware of this information and went to the wrong side of the pontoon.[11]. The site consists of 4 chapters, which narrate different parts of the incident, complete with illustrations. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.35. Cambodia’s Water Festival regarded as top attraction. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.33. [24] The bursary fund was officially launched on 15 October 2008, during the annual NTU Sports Appreciation Night. Neo, C. C. (2008, July 15). To Singapore Dragon Boat Association, for working hard to make sure we still get to do the sport we all love, despite the circumstances. The incident involved the Chung Ling High School dragon boat club, where eighteen paddlers took part in dragon boat training at Penang Strait. Dragon boat teams ‘warned’ of strong currents at pontoon. , p. 1. Dragonboat’s subsequent r i se. Please contact the Library for further resources on the topic. Earlier that day, in the morning of Nov 23, 2007, the Singapore national dragonboat team arrived for the first time at the venue for the ASEAN-Cambodia Traditional Boat Race in Phnom Penh. Tragedy in China- 17 Killed in Dragon Boat Accident. 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. 32. (2007, November 28). 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. 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. “Goodbye for the Last Time”. The Straits Times, p. 3. Each year, the bursary fund would allocate S$4,000 each to two members of the NTU dragon boat team who are in need of financial assistance. The Straits Times, p. 29; Sloan, B. [23], Members of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) dragon boat team also raised S$125,000 to set up a bursary fund in memory of Poh Boon San and Stephen Loh Soon Ann, who were both NTU students. Tan, J. Memorial for S’pore dragon boat paddlers. On 28 November 2007, the Singapore Dragon Boat Association (SDBA) declared that life jackets would be mandatory for all Singapore dragon boaters, and that the regulation would extend to their participation in overseas races. Tan, J., & Quek, C. (2007, November 27). Tan, J. (2007, November 25). 29. 11/28/2007. 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). Retrieved from Factiva via NLB’s eResources website: http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/; Loh, S., Tan, J., & Quek, C. (2007 November 26). (2008, May 31). p. 3; Tan, J., & Quek, C. (2008, July 15). [14] The team arrived at around 3.00pm and was made up of 6 divers, a medic and a mission commander. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.5. Panel named to probe deaths of dragon boaters. The Straits Times, p. 38. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.3. “NTU dragon boat team raises $125,000 for bursary fund”. Some, however, questioned whether wearing a safety jacket would have helped prevent the tragedy. I have feedback on this infopedia article: Dragon boat tragedy in Cambodia. Quek, C., & Sloan, B. 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. As the team approached the pontoon which marked their docking point, their boat suddenly collided sideways with the pontoon due to a strong wave (CNA YouTube video). “Unprepared! Ong, S. F. (2007, November 30). To Singapore Dragon Boat Association, for working hard to make sure we still get to do the sport we all love, despite the circumstances. Sloan, B. The bodies of the casualties, their family members, and the surviving rowers were then dispatched on a C130 plane back to Singapore.[21]. (2007, November 27). (2008, May 31). One family’s search for closure. [1] 5 members of the 22-member team drowned as the team was sucked under the pontoon by the strong currents in the Tonle Sap river. (2007, November 26). The panel concluded that the Cambodian organisers had not adhered to the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) guidelines. Tan, J., & Sloan, B. Armada Dragon Boat Team Singapore added 5 new photos to the album: // Water Training '20 //. [22] Then Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Vivian Balakrishnan also delivered a eulogy in remembrance of the departed. Channel NewsAsia. On 23 November 2017, exactly 10 years after the incident, Channel News Asia created an interactive site titled “Tides That Bind” (official site) in memory of the incident. The team did not have an established safety procedure of conducting risk assessments, giving safety briefings or safety drills. (2007, November 26). Quek, C., Sloan, B., & Liaw, W. (2007, November 27). Lee, H. C., & Jaganathan, J. 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. Events Quek, Carolyn. The Straits Times, p. 1. The Straits Times, p. 3. A Sunday of sorrow and tears for family members. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.26. A dragon boat has capsized in Sitio Tulubhan in Boracay. Due to their late arrival, the team did not have time to conduct a practice session before their race. The Straits Times, p. 29. 11. Team captain Yeo Chin Hwei also told his teammates to offer one joss stick each to a Buddha statue located under a tree at the pontoon, so that their teammates would be watched over. Hopefully this could open more racing opportunities between SG … Five ordinary men, an extraordinary legacy. Arlina Arshad. Say sorry: Families to dragonboat group. Ang, J. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.11. Tan, E. (2008, October 16). The Straits Times, p. 26. J., & Quek, C. (2007, November 26). 2. The Straits Times, p. 44. Quek, C., & Sloan, B. Lee, H. C., & Jaganathan, J. Recreation. “Bodies of six men missing after boat race recovered in Cambodia”. “NTU dragon boat team raises @125,000 for bursary fund”. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.16.Hasnita A. Majid. 18. (2007, November 29). Assess risks before saying ‘yes’. Friday evening, November 23rd, 2007, Phnom Penh, Cambodia: I was part of the Singaporean national dragonboat team which lost 5 members. Traditional dragon boat racing, in China, coincides with the 5th day of the 5th Chinese lunar month (varying from late May to June on the modern Gregorian Calendar). (2007, November 26). Safety issues thrown to the wind. SINGAPORE DRAGON BOAT ASSOCIATION. Quek, C., & Sloan, B. Vince Natividad, Rachel Montoya, Rose Antonete Supranes, Johan Tan and Maricel Tan were identified as the fatalities in the boat accident. 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. NTU dragon boat team raises $125,000 for bursary fund. [2] The Tonle Sap river in Cambodia can be translated to mean “great lake” or “large river”, and is 100 kilometres wide, and 250 kilometres long. Tan, J., & Liaw, W. (2007, November 25). (2007, November 26). “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. (2007, November 29). To our coach Wee Jin Tan, for planning training in ways unimaginable. At least six individuals were confirmed dead in the sea tragedy while others were immediately brought to the hospital. It was attended by the victims’ friends and families as well as members of the public. The formation of a dragon boat inquiry panel was announced on 4 December 2007. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.13. (2007, November 27). 5 of my teammates didn’t”. (2008, May 31). Cambodia’s Water Festival regarded as top attraction. Dragon Boat Festival represents the culture of the people and the Chinese influence over Singapore’s past. Lee, H. C., & Jaganathan, J. The memorial service will take place during the 27th Singapore River Regatta on 21st and 22nd November 2009. 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