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. The SDBA did not field a team in any major dragon boating tournament in 2008. “Bodies of six men missing after boat race recovered in Cambodia”. 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 Straits Times, p. 38. 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. [Press release]. Our thoughts and condolences go out to all their families, friends and team members at this difficult time. Say sorry: Families to dragonboat group. 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. A memorial “row-out” was conducted on 16 December 2007 at the. Cambodia’s Water Festival regarded as top attraction. The Straits Times, p. 26; Loh, S., Tan. “Memorial for S’pore dragon boat paddlers”. Lee, H. C., & Jaganathan, J. Retrieved from NewspaperSG; Singapore Sports Council. SINGAPORE DRAGON BOAT ASSOCIATION. [20] They threw chrysanthemum flowers and joss sticks into the river to mourn the 5 team members who had lost their lives. Team had a ‘bad feeling’ on currents. [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. To our steers, thank you for giving your time to the team. Team had a ‘bad feeling’ on currents. (2008, June 4). 18. “Dragon boat team coach recounts freak accident”. [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. 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. (2007, November 27). The Straits Times, p. 29. Quek, C., Sloan, B., & Liaw, W. (2007, November 27). Assess risks before saying ‘yes’. 29. Five others came close to drowning too. [10] The collision occurred at roughly 5.25pm. They were also unaware that November was the month when the undercurrents of the Tonle Sap River were the strongest. Singapore News - When Ms Yvonne Yik, 42, was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in August 2016, becoming a dragon boater was not on … 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. The Straits Times, p. 44. Team had a ‘bad feeling’ on currents. Quek, C., & Sloan, B. The Straits Times, p. 29. Sports and Recreation 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. 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. A Sunday of sorrow and tears for family members. To Singapore Dragon Boat Association, for working hard to make sure we still get to do the sport we all love, despite the circumstances. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.16.Hasnita A. Majid. 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]. (2008, May 31). Tan, 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. [16] The body was identified to be Chee Wei Cheng, and was retrieved at 8.00am. The Straits Times, p. 29. 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. Lee, H. C., & Jaganathan, J. Ong, S.F. Arshad, Arlina. (2007, November 27). Tan, Judith. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.4. “‘We will remember forever’: Inside the search for Singapore’s drowned dragonboaters”. Relatives ask: What happened on the river? No single factor responsible for dragon boat tragedy. The coach, Nasiman Karim, had noticed that the waters of the Tonle Sap looked placid, but that the currents were exceptionally strong.7On the day of the race itself, the team practised paddling in the river for 20 to 30 minutes while wearing life jackets. The Straits Times, p. 1. The Straits Times, p. 44. 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. 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. [15], On 25 November 2007, the first body was recovered by the search party after nearly 40 hours of combing the river. 2. “Bodies of dragon boat paddlers recovered”. Bodies of dragon boat paddlers recovered. [24] The bursary fund was officially launched on 15 October 2008, during the annual NTU Sports Appreciation Night. (2007, November 29). Retrieved from NewspaperSG.22. Arlina Arshad. , p. 1; Arlina Arshad. That's what caused dragon boat deaths”. (2007, November 26). At least six individuals were confirmed dead in the sea tragedy while others were immediately brought to the hospital. On 26 November 2007, the 17 surviving Team Singapore rowers arrived at the site of the incident at around 8.00am. Tan, J. 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 … 12. Lee, H. C., & Jaganathan, J. 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 force of the collision caused their boat to capsize. The Straits Times, p. 1. (2007, December 3). On 25 November 2007, King Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia addressed a letter of condolence to then President S R Nathan of Singapore and extended his “sincere condolences and profound sympathy” to the families of the 5 deceased as well. (2008, May 31). 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. , p. 59; Tan, J., & Liaw, W. (2007, November 25). The Straits Times, p. 59. Loh, S., Tan. 2. to express support for the national dragon boat team and rejuvenate the flagging spirit of the sport. Due to their late arrival, the team did not have time to conduct a practice session before their race. Jacob, P. (2007, December 1). Retrieved from NewspaperSG.21. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.32. Quek, C., & Sloan, B. The SBDA declined to assume responsibility for the mishap, and cited the findings of the inquiry panel as exonerating them from any fault. Memorial for S’pore dragon boat paddlers. (2007, November 25). 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). (2007, November 27). Hence, there was a possibility that the Singapore team were unaware of this information and went to the wrong side of the pontoon.[11]. Dragon boat teams ‘warned’ of strong currents at pontoon. (2007, November 26). 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. 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. The police boats present at the scene were only able to rescue 17 of the team Singapore rowers, while 5 rowers remained missing. The Straits Times, p. 1. Five missing S’pore rowers feared dead. 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. (2007, November 26). GA This article has been rated as GA-Class on the project's quality scale. Lee, H. C., & Jaganathan, J. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.33. (2007, November 2. For a gut-wrenching and descriptive eye-witness account of the scene in the aftermath of the tragedy, go here.. Crucially, some later joined the governing Singapore Dragon Boat Association (SDBA) to take on important management roles. 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. (2007, November 26). Lee, H. C., & Jaganathan, J. 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]. Please contact the Library for further resources on the topic. [3], On 22 November 2007, the Singapore national dragon boat team arrived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to take part in the ASEAN-Cambodia Traditional Boat Race held the next day. Retrieved from Factiva via NLB’s eResources website: http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/29. Assess risks before saying ‘yes’. The incident involved the Chung Ling High School dragon boat club, where eighteen paddlers took part in dragon boat training at Penang Strait. Still coming to terms with the dragon boat tragedy in Penang. Tan, J., & Quek, C. (2007, November 27). The Straits Times, p. 29; Sloan, B. (2008, June 4). 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. Life jackets must be worn at overseas meets now. The Straits Times, p. 1. (2007, December 17). No single factor responsible for dragon boat tragedy. Tan, E. (2008, October 16). The Straits Times, p. 38. The Straits Times, p. 44. Dragon boat teams ‘warned’ of strong currents at pontoon. [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 side of their boat had also hit a tugboat docked near the pontoon. Lee, H. C., & Jaganathan, J. 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. [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. (2007, November 27). [17] The last two bodies to surface were identified as Poh Boon San and Reuben Kee En Rui. Lack of water safety awareness contributed to accident. Tan, Esther. 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