It was his last day of orientation camp in Sentosa and he was playing with his friends in waist-deep water at the beach.
Then, the young man dived head first into the water. The next thing he knew, he had hit something hard and a jolt of pain shot through him. To his shock, he realised that he could no longer move his limbs and body.
Fortunately, his friends managed to haul him to shore just as he was running out of air. The 22-year-old undergraduate at the National University of Singapore (NUS), who was initially paralysed from the neck down, is now paralysed from the chest down.
The New Paper understands that doctors have told him that there is a chance he might walk again one day.
His family, who requested that he not be named, declined to be interviewed.
The second-year student was at Palawan Beach on Sentosa early last month to help out at his science faculty's orientation camp, which involved about 500 seniors and freshmen.
On Aug 3, the last day of the camp, he was playing a game with his friends in the water, a spokesman for NUS said.
TNP understands that it is believed that he hit his head when he dived into the water.