Another drowning at Bedok Reservoir

SINGAPORE - Officers from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) retrieved a body from Bedok Reservoir this morning.

An SCDF spokesman said they were alerted to a floating body at 8.46am. One fire engine and one ambulance were immediately dispatched to the scene.

Upon arrival, a body was seen floating near the shore, and was retrieved by SCDF officers. The male casualty was pronounced dead at 9.22am.

According to The Straits Times, the man is believed to be Indian construction worker Raman Selvam, 33.

An eyewitness saw a man walking into the water, before disappearing on Saturday afternoon, reported the Shin Min Daily News.

The report said one onlooker who spotted the man shouted at him and threw him a life-buoy, but the man disappeared into the water about 20 or 30 metres from shore.

The man is a construction worker at a site nearby, and is married with three kids, the report said.

According to a fellow worker, Mr Selvam had seemed depressed a few days ago due to some family problems.

The construction foreman, Mr Huang, 40, said Mr Selvam had left the site at about 12pm that day and did not return.

SCDF officers spent more than 10 hours over the weekend looking for the man's body, according to a Straits Times report.

Police received a call about the incident at about 2.30pm on Saturday.

More than 20 officers from SCDF and the Naval Diving Unit were involved in the search for the body.

There was no sign of the body despite a four-hour search. The under-water search resumed at 10.30am on Sunday and ceased at 7.10pm.

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