However, the briefing had been carried out in Khmer, the local language. (2007, November 27). (2007, November 26). Friday evening, November 23rd, 2007, Phnom Penh, Cambodia: I was part of the Singaporean national dragonboat team which lost 5 members. (2008, May 31). Tan, Judith. Tan, J. It was attended by the victims’ friends and families as well as members of the public. 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. [13] The search party consisted of volunteers comprising of local fishermen, divers, navy sailors and the police. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.3. 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. Armada Dragon Boat Team Singapore added 5 new photos to the album: // Water Training '20 //. The Straits Times, p. 38. Five missing S’pore rowers feared dead. Retrieved from Factiva via NLB’s eResources website: http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/29. The Straits Times, p. 38. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.33. Tan, Esther. 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. 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. Team had a ‘bad feeling’ on currents. 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). Retrieved from NewspaperSG.6. Tan, J. 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. Five ordinary men, an extraordinary legacy. , p. 26; Loh, S., Tan. “Bodies of six men missing after boat race recovered in Cambodia”. Sports and Recreation Singapore News - When Ms Yvonne Yik, 42, was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in August 2016, becoming a dragon boater was not on … 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). The Straits Times, p. 2; Relatives ask: What happened on the river? 5 of my teammates didn’t”. Members and team officials were not prepared for strong currents, and were unaware of the hydrography of the Tonle Sap River. That's what caused dragon boat deaths”. Quek, C., & Sloan, B. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.7. (2010, November 6). Cambodia’s Water Festival regarded as top attraction. (2008, July 18). A further 2km south from the Singapore team’s launching point, in the main gallery in front of the Royal Palace, Nhim Vanda was enjoying a vantage view of the boat races when word of … “Team had a ‘bad feeling’ on currents.”. 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]. To Singapore Dragon Boat Association, for working hard to make sure we still get to do the sport we all love, despite the circumstances. Life jackets must be worn at overseas meets now. Retrieved from Factiva via NLB’s eResources website: http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/; Loh, S., Tan, J., & Quek, C. (2007 November 26). Retrieved from NewspaperSG.12. At least six individuals were confirmed dead in the sea tragedy while others were immediately brought to the hospital. It is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete history of the subject. Safety issues thrown to the wind. A joint memorial service was held on 29 November 2007 at Mandai Crematorium to mourn the deceased paddlers. , p. 1; Lee, H. C., & Jaganathan, J. Teh, J. L. (2007, December 5). There was a lack of systematic preparation for the race. At 19-years-old, Mr Ong survived the boating accident while representing his home country Singapore. Quek, Carolyn. The recipients of the bursary fund in 2008 were Koh Seng Long and Peh Kai Jay.[25]. [10] The collision occurred at roughly 5.25pm. 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. Sloan, B. Dragon boat races and dumplings—two of the most distinctive elements of the festival — … Singapore working with Cambodia to fly bodies of five Singaporeans home. (2007, November 28). 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. (2007, November 29). , p. 59; Tan, J., & Liaw, W. (2007, November 25). No single factor responsible for dragon boat tragedy. The Straits Times, p. 1; Lee, H. C., & Jaganathan, J. All 3 bodies were found buried under the mud of the riverbed and had to be dredged up. Tan, J., & Liaw, W. (2007, November 25). It’s celebrated on a smaller scale in Singapore, as compared to China. One family’s search for closure. 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 NewspaperSG.The information in this article is valid as at 29 September 2014 and correct as far as we are able to ascertain from our sources. Lee, H. C., & Jaganathan, J. (2008, May 31). The Straits Times, p. 3. Five men are missing after the incident, all members of the new national dragon boat team that was formed about a … No single factor responsible for dragon boat tragedy. The Straits Times, p. 26. 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. 11/28/2007. Read: My first-person account. [9] The back of their boat also hit the side of a tugboat, which was docked near the pontoon. (2007, November 28). Bodies of dragon boat paddlers recovered. Tan, J., & Liaw, W. (2007, November 25). Retrieved from NewspaperSG; Singapore Sports Council. [7], After they had completed the race, the Singapore team was initially in a safety vessel which was supposed to bring them back to the docking point. In this fierce competition, you will witness the wonderful scenes. 200 search for missing rowers. Arshad, Arlina. The memorial service will take place during the 27th Singapore River Regatta on 21st and 22nd November 2009. Mr Yusoff Rasi, 50, a part-time dragon boat coach told The Straits Times that Mr Nasiman was a very good coach, and was part of Singapore's first national dragon boat team in the 1970s to 1980s. 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. 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. Strangers join family and friends to say goodbye. The Straits Times, p. 2. The Straits Times, p. 32. It would have been about 40 hours since the boat carrying 22 Singapore dragon boat racers capsized in the river on Friday. 13. Singapore's tragedy in Cambodia Hi Friends, This is a sad weekend for Singapore, especially for the grieving families of our five fine Singaporean rowers. Today, p. 3; Tan, J., & Quek, C. (2008, July 15). The dragon boat then capsizedand killed six of the eighteen paddlers, including a teacher and several students. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.35. Cambodia’s Water Festival regarded as top attraction. Sloan, Bronwyn. It is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete history of the subject. “Memorial for S’pore dragon boat paddlers”. (2007, November 2. Crucially, some later joined the governing Singapore Dragon Boat Association (SDBA) to take on important management roles. Lee, H. C., & Jaganathan, J. 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. Lee, H. C., & Jaganathan, J. [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. SINGAPORE DRAGON BOAT ASSOCIATION. The memorial service will take place during the 27th Singapore River Regatta on 21st and 22nd November 2009. No dragon boat races abroad yet for national team. The Straits Times, p. 29. Each dragon boat team consists of 22 members. Quek, C., Sloan, B., & Liaw, W. (2007, November 27). (2008, June 4). Team had a ‘bad feeling’ on currents. Our thoughts and condolences go out to all their families, friends and team members at this difficult time. Liaw, Wy-Cin. On 29 November 2007, a joint memorial was held at Mandai Crematorium for the 5 deceased rowers. Singapore working with Cambodia to fly bodies of five Singaporeans home. [24] The bursary fund was officially launched on 15 October 2008, during the annual NTU Sports Appreciation Night. The bodies were then brought to Calmette Hospital’s morgue, where team captain Yeo Chin Hwei and the family members of the casualties were tasked to identify their loved ones. The SDBA and its affiliates should promote and check the compliance of its teams to the IDBF Water Safety Policy, and the Safety Standing Procedures for dragon boat Clubs and Crews while training. Say sorry: Families to dragonboat group. The summer solstice occurs around 21 June and is the reason why Chinese refer to their festival as "Duan Wu" or "Duen Ng". The inquiry did not identify the absence of life jackets as a cause of the tragedy. Tan, J., & Song, S. (2008, June 4). 30. By having this plan and an annual competitive schedule, the team will know well in advance how to train and prepare for events. 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Still coming to terms with the dragon boat tragedy in Penang. to express support for the national dragon boat team and rejuvenate the flagging spirit of the sport. Arlina Arshad. On 23 November 2007, the boat carrying the Singapore national dragon boat team collided with a pontoon, a large floating platform that had marked their docking point. [6] They practised paddling in the river for 20 to 30 minutes while wearing life jackets but later decided to forego the life jackets for the race as it inhibited their movements and may affect their performance. 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. To Singapore Dragon Boat Association, for working hard to make sure we still get to do the sport we all love, despite the circumstances. Tan, J., & Quek, C. (2007, November 27). 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 Singapore dragonboat tragedy: The accident 18 Nov 2017 07:00AM (Updated: 07 Nov 2020 07:52PM ) A decade ago, 22 Singaporeans competed in a … [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. The continuous promotion of safety in their respective sport should be a fundamental responsibility of all National Sports Associations (NSAs). and correct as far as we are able to ascertain from our sources. If what she says is true, the authorities and rescue services should seriously look into their response times – especially the helicopter and marine (including divers) search-and-rescue teams. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.18. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.19. Team had a ‘bad feeling’ on currents. Ong, S.F. [27] The panel was tasked to review the 23 November 2007 incident, investigating the root cause of the incident as well as identifying any safety lapses which may have been overlooked. 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. [4] The race was part of a three-day Cambodian Water Festival which marked the water flow reversal from the Mekong River into Tonle Sap. The Straits Times, p. 29. Quek, C., Sloan, B., & Liaw, W. (2007, November 27). Dragon boat teams ‘warned’ of strong currents at pontoon. 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. Ong, Justin. The Straits Times, p. 81. 2007 Singapore dragonboat tragedy: The accident 18 Nov 2017 07:00AM (Updated: 07 Nov 2020 07:52PM ) A decade ago, 22 Singaporeans competed in … Arshad, Arlina. 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. For team sports, the development of the team for extended durations is important and the team needs to be exposed to high-level competitions on a consistent basis. 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. 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. 29. Tan, J., & Sloan, B. This collision had caused their entire craft to sink into the water. “I escaped death. Quek, C., & Sloan, B. Assess risks before saying ‘yes’. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.16.Hasnita A. Majid. , p. 59. 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. (2007, November 25). Designed for people from all walks of life, this programme uses a smaller 10-men boat (as opposed to the usual 20-men ones), and you will be taught the basics before getting started on the races. 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. He recalls that fateful Friday evening of November 23rd, 2007. The SDBA did not field a team in any major dragon boating tournament in 2008. Vince Natividad, Rachel Montoya, Rose Antonete Supranes, Johan Tan and Maricel Tan were identified as the fatalities in the boat accident. (2008, May 31). [16] The body was identified to be Chee Wei Cheng, and was retrieved at 8.00am. If what she says is true, the authorities and rescue services should seriously look into their response times – especially the helicopter and marine (including divers) search-and-rescue teams. Quek, C., & Sloan, B. Some, however, questioned whether wearing a safety jacket would have helped prevent the tragedy. “Dragon boat teams ‘warned’ of strong currents at pontoon”. A painstaking journey. 18. Assess risks before saying ‘yes’. 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. To our coach Wee Jin Tan, for planning training in ways unimaginable. 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. 16.Hasnita A. Majid. [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. The bodies of the casualties, their family members, and the surviving rowers were then dispatched on a C130 plane back to Singapore.[21]. Local rescue efforts. Lee, H. C., & Jaganathan, J. A Sunday of sorrow and tears for family members. “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. FOCUS Adventure. (2007, November 25). Quek, Carolyn. (2007, November 29). 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. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.22. 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!) It was attended by the victims’ friends and families as well as members of the public. Tan, Judith. The Straits Times, p. 44. The Straits Times, p. 1; Arlina Arshad. 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. 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 Straits Times, p. 44. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.34. 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. Five members of the team were sucked under the pontoon by the water currents and lost their lives. Vince Natividad, Rachel Montoya, Rose Antonete Supranes, Johan Tan and Maricel Tan were identified as the fatalities in the boat accident. Dragon boat inquiry panel. Five others came close to drowning too. Five missing S’pore rowers feared dead. 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. Five members of the team were sucked under the pontoon by the water currents and lost their lives.1 The Singapore team was participating in the 1.5-kilometre boat race held as part of Cambodia’s annual Water Festival.2BackgroundDragon boating is an integral facet of Cambodia’s much-celebrated annual Water Festival, which is locally known as Bon Om Tuk. Tan, Esther. Then-Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Vivian Balakrishnan delivered a eulogy, followed by the victims’ families and friends. 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). Please contact the Library for further resources on the topic. The fund dispenses two S$4,000 bursaries each year to NTU dragon boat team members who require financial assistance.21Safety reviewOn 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.22Some, however, questioned whether wearing a safety jacket would have helped prevent the tragedy.23 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. 1. Sloan, B. (2007, December 17). Tan, J., & Liaw, W. (2007, November 25). The memorial had been opened to members of the public and started at around 12.55pm that day. c/o Sport Singapore, 3 Stadium Drive, #01-33 Singapore 397630 The Straits Times, p. 54. “Goodbye for the Last Time”. 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. 2. For a gut-wrenching and descriptive eye-witness account of the scene in the aftermath of the tragedy, go here.. Neo, C. C. (2008, July 15). 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). The Straits Times, p. 44. Arlina Arshad. 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. Arlina Arshad. Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.23. The festival is held every November to mark the end of the monsoon season, when the Tonle Sap river reverses its flow back towards its lake source.3In 2007, Cambodia made an unprecedented bid to internationalise the event and invited its ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) neighbours to take part in the three-day festival.4 Of the 10 ASEAN nations, only Myanmar did not send a team to compete.5 In all, there were 432 boats that took part in the race.6The incidentThe Singapore dragon boat team arrived in Cambodia on 22 November 2007, a day before the race was held. (2007, November 27). (2007, November 26). , p. 1. The 2010 Penang dragon boat tragedy (Chinese: 钟灵龙舟翻覆) was an incident that occurred on 17 January 2010 in Penang, Malaysia. Quek, C., & Sloan, B. The Straits Times, p. 1. Congratulations MDBF (Malaysian Dragon Boat Federation) We wish the best for our brothers and sisters across the Causeway (& Tuas 2nd Link!). Kor, Kian Beng. Retrieved from NewspaperSG; Hasnita A. 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