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. Five men are missing after the incident, all members of the new national dragon boat team that was formed about a … Five missing S’pore rowers feared dead. Tan, Judith. That's what caused dragon boat deaths”. (2007, November 28). Retrieved from NewspaperSG.27. 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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. 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. [16] The body was identified to be Chee Wei Cheng, and was retrieved at 8.00am. “Safety Inquiry Reveals Factors That Led To Dragon Boat Incident”. (2008, May 31). (2008, May 31). 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. (2007, November 26). At least six individuals were confirmed dead in the sea tragedy while others were immediately brought to the hospital. The summer solstice occurs around 21 June and is the reason why Chinese refer to their festival as "Duan Wu" or "Duen Ng". The Straits Times, p. 44. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.12. Lee, H. C., & Jaganathan, J. Cambodia’s Water Festival regarded as top attraction. , p. 59. 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. The Straits Times, p. 32. Team had a ‘bad feeling’ on currents. (2007, November 27). It would have been about 40 hours since the boat carrying 22 Singapore dragon boat racers capsized in the river on Friday. The Straits Times, p. 3. The Straits Times, p. 59. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.35. Tan, J., & Liaw, W. (2007, November 25). One family’s search for closure. Quek, C., Sloan, B., & Liaw, W. (2007, November 27). Quek, C., Sloan, B., & Liaw, W. (2007, November 27). Armada Dragon Boat Team Singapore added 5 new photos to the album: // Water Training '20 //. However, the team decided to get back into their boats and paddle the rest of the way for extra practice after seeing other teams doing so.[8]. c/o Sport Singapore, 3 Stadium Drive, #01-33 Singapore 397630 Arlina Arshad. He recalls that fateful Friday evening of November 23rd, 2007. Please contact the Library for further resources on the topic. Friday evening, November 23rd, 2007, Phnom Penh, Cambodia: I was part of the Singaporean national dragonboat team which lost 5 members. Retrieved from NewspaperSG; Singapore Sports Council. NTU dragon boat team raises $125,000 for bursary fund. Team had a ‘bad feeling’ on currents. Each dragon boat team consists of 22 members. The Straits Times, p. 54. 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. 1. , p. 1. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.13. Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. 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!) Five ordinary men, an extraordinary legacy. Kallang River On the weekends, you can watch the training of dragon boat clubs on the bank of the Kallang River. Retrieved from Factiva via NLB’s eResources website: 17. Loh, S., Tan. There was a lack of systematic preparation for the race. The Straits Times, p. 26; Loh, S., Tan. No single factor responsible for dragon boat tragedy. Tan, J., & Liaw, W. (2007, November 25). to express support for the national dragon boat team and rejuvenate the flagging spirit of the sport. J., & Quek, C. (2007, November 26). The second and third bodies retrieved were identified to be Jeremy Goh Tze Xiong and Stephen Loh Soon Ann. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.19. Tan, J., & Liaw, W. (2007, November 25). Bodies of dragon boat paddlers recovered. , p. 1; Lee, H. C., & Jaganathan, J. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.8. Five others came close to drowning too. Quek, C., Sloan, B., & Liaw, W. (2007, November 27). To our steers, thank you for giving your time to the team. [13] The search party consisted of volunteers comprising of local fishermen, divers, navy sailors and the police. The Straits Times, p. 1; Lee, H. C., & Jaganathan, J. Later, they decided against wearing life jackets for the race. 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. “Unprepared! 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. [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. Quek, C., & Sloan, B. Assess risks before saying ‘yes’. 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. 4. Five members of the team were sucked under the pontoon by the water currents and lost their lives. This collision had caused their entire craft to sink into the water. 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]. In this fierce competition, you will witness the wonderful scenes. 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. The Straits Times, p. 26. (2007, November 29). Kor, Kian Beng. The Straits Times, p. 38. Events Retrieved from NewspaperSG.26. “Goodbye for the Last Time”. The side of their boat had also hit a tugboat docked near the pontoon. [9] The back of their boat also hit the side of a tugboat, which was docked near the pontoon. 2. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.21. The police boats present at the scene were only able to rescue 17 of the team Singapore rowers, while 5 rowers remained missing. 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. Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duan Wu Jie, is a widely observed annual Chinese cultural event in Singapore. Assess risks before saying ‘yes’. [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. Retrieved from NewspaperSG; Singapore Sports Council. (2008, May 31). Retrieved from NewspaperSG; Hasnita A. Majid, & Hong, L. (2008, May 30). [22] Then Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Vivian Balakrishnan also delivered a eulogy in remembrance of the departed. Crucially, some later joined the governing Singapore Dragon Boat Association (SDBA) to take on important management roles. (2007, November 29). 5. (2007, November 25). THE DRAGONBOAT TRAGEDY. Lee, H. C., & Jaganathan, J. Lee, H. C., & Jaganathan, J. The Straits Times, p. 3. J., & Quek, C. (2007, November 26). Tan, J. 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. (2007, December 3). Strong water currents caused the helmsman to lose control of the dragon boat and collide with a tugboat. 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. 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. 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 2. It was attended by the victims’ friends and families as well as members of the public. The memorial had been opened to members of the public and started at around 12.55pm that day. Lee, H. C., & Jaganathan, J. Assess risks before saying ‘yes’. 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 proposed recommendations were as follows:[29]. It’s celebrated on a smaller scale in Singapore, as compared to China. Ong, S. F. (2007, November 30). (2007, December 17). To Singapore Dragon Boat Association, for working hard to make sure we still get to do the sport we all love, despite the circumstances. 27. 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. Jacob, P. (2007, December 1). Quek, C., & Sloan, B. Dragon boat body rejects apology call. Ang, J. 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. The Straits Times, p. 16; Teh, J. L. (2007, December 5). “Dragon boat teams ‘warned’ of strong currents at pontoon”. The force of the collision caused their boat to capsize. - On behalf of the IDBF Council and of the dragon boat communit 16.Hasnita A. Majid. 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 Singapore dragonboat tragedy: The accident 18 Nov 2017 07:00AM (Updated: 07 Nov 2020 07:52PM ) A decade ago, 22 Singaporeans competed in … [24] The bursary fund was officially launched on 15 October 2008, during the annual NTU Sports Appreciation Night. 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. Tan, Judith. 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. The Straits Times, p. 27. 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. At least six individuals were confirmed dead in the sea tragedy while others were immediately brought to the hospital. Quek, C., Sloan, B., & Liaw, W. (2007, November 27). The Straits Times, p. 81. Teh, J. L. (2007, December 5). Retrieved from NewspaperSG.5. 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. [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. 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. 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. Ong, Justin. Retrieved from Factiva via NLB’s eResources website: http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/; Loh, S., Tan, J., & Quek, C. (2007 November 26). Tragedy in China- 17 Killed in Dragon Boat Accident. The Dragonboat teambuilding is a program that allows participants to be familiarized with operating the Dragon boat & to make dragon boating the go-to team building activity in Singapore at dbi.com.sg No dragon boat races abroad yet for national team. To our coach Wee Jin Tan, for planning training in ways unimaginable. Tan, J. The continuous promotion of safety in their respective sport should be a fundamental responsibility of all National Sports Associations (NSAs). Retrieved from NewspaperSG; Hasnita A. Majid, & Hong, L. (2008, May 30). Retrieved from NewspaperSG.4. The recipients of the bursary fund in 2008 were Koh Seng Long and Peh Kai Jay.[25]. (2007, November 29). “NTU dragon boat team raises $125,000 for bursary fund”. (2007, November 26). 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. [Press release]. I have feedback on this infopedia article: Dragon boat tragedy in Cambodia. Arlina Arshad. , p. 26; Loh, S., Tan. Invalid email address. Five ordinary men, an extraordinary legacy. 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. [20] They threw chrysanthemum flowers and joss sticks into the river to mourn the 5 team members who had lost their lives. The Straits Times, p. 2. Members and team officials were not prepared for strong currents, and were unaware of the hydrography of the Tonle Sap River. On 26 November 2007, the 17 surviving Team Singapore rowers arrived at the site of the incident at around 8.00am. Congratulations MDBF (Malaysian Dragon Boat Federation) We wish the best for our brothers and sisters across the Causeway (& Tuas 2nd Link!). The team did not have an established safety procedure of conducting risk assessments, giving safety briefings or safety drills. My Singapore News Face of a crocodile in the wetland reserve. (2008, May 31). [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. The Straits Times, p. 44. Quek, C., & Sloan, B. 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. 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 bodies of the casualties, their family members, and the surviving rowers were then dispatched on a C130 plane back to Singapore.[21]. [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. Five members of the team were sucked under the pontoon by the water currents and lost their lives. Lee, H. C., & Jaganathan, J. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.16.Hasnita A. Majid. 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. [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. 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. Singapore's women table tennis players win Olympic silver. The Straits Times, p. 36. GA This article has been rated as GA-Class on the project's quality scale. Safety issues thrown to the wind. The SDBA and their affiliates should only participate in races that comply with the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) guidelines for race organisation, conduct and safety. Tan, J., & Song, S. (2008, June 4). However, the briefing had been carried out in Khmer, the local language. More importantly, the SDBA should also set guidelines and SOPs for overseas events so that thorough preparations can take place. Quek, C., & Sloan, B. Still coming to terms with the dragon boat tragedy in Penang. The Straits Times, p. 59. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.7. The Straits Times, p. 30. Liaw, Wy-Cin. The Straits Times, 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. Sloan, B. 10. The Straits Times, p. 1; Arlina Arshad. 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. 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]. The Straits Times, p. 2; Relatives ask: What happened on the river? Retrieved from NewspaperSG.25. 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. “Strangers join family and friends to say goodbye”. (2007, November 26). Cambodia’s Water Festival regarded as top attraction. (2010, November 6). (2008, May 31). Retrieved from NewspaperSG.28. Five others came close to drowning too. Lee, H. C., & Jaganathan, J. The Straits Times, p. 26. “‘We will remember forever’: Inside the search for Singapore’s drowned dragonboaters”. “Life jackets must be worn at overseas meets now”. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.33. It is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete history of the subject. (2007, November 29). Today, p. 3; Tan, J., & Quek, C. (2008, July 15). (2008, June 4). (2008, June 4). At 19-years-old, Mr Ong survived the boating accident while representing his home country Singapore. 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. 4. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.2. It was attended by the victims’ friends and families as well as members of the public. Arlina Arshad. Memorial for S’pore dragon boat paddlers. Singapore News - When Ms Yvonne Yik, 42, was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in August 2016, becoming a dragon boater was not on … Vince Natividad, Rachel Montoya, Rose Antonete Supranes, Johan Tan and Maricel Tan were identified as the fatalities in the boat accident. Retrieved from Factiva via NLB’s eResources website: http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/30. (2008, May 31). The Straits Times, p. 44. Tan, E. (2008, October 16). Remembering the 2007 Singapore dragonboat tragedy Chapter 1: In The Same Boat 10 years ago in Cambodia, Channel NewsAsia’s Justin Ong was a member of the Singaporean national dragonboat crew struck by tragedy. The memorial service will take place during the 27th Singapore River Regatta on 21st and 22nd November 2009. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.10. 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