Boatman's body found two days after samphan sank

Boatman's body found two days after samphan sank
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said it received a report from another vessel at 10pm on Thursday that a sampan had sunk off the waters of Selegie Beacon near Sister's Fairway.

A boatman's body was found at sea after his motorised sampan capsized on Thursday.

The body of Mr Tan Eng Hin, 58, was found floating in the waters between Pulau Bukom and Sentosa two days later.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said it received a report from another vessel at 10pm on Thursday that a sampan had sunk off the waters of Selegie Beacon near Sister's Fairway. Its spokesman said three MPA and two Police Coast Guard craft were dispatched in response.

The response craft rescued one crew member, but Mr Tan was reported missing. Divers were activated to search for him, to no avail. The rescued crew member was taken to Singapore General Hospital for treatment.

Police were notified of Mr Tan's body floating in the waters near Sentosa on Saturday at 6.29pm. His body was retrieved, and he was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.

Police are investigating the case as an unnatural death, while the MPA is looking into the causes of the incident, including why the vessel capsized.


This article was first published on June 16, 2014.
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