Another person falls to death at Swissotel

Another person falls to death at Swissotel

SINGAPORE - A man has been found dead at Swissotel The Stamford this afternoon.

At 1.10pm, Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted to the incident that required ambulance assistance at 2 Stamford Road.

The man, who was lying motionless at the foot of Swissotel The Stamford, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, said the SCDF.

According to Channel NewsAsia, an eyewitness, who was about 50m away when the body fell to the ground, said that the body landed between the hotel's main entrance and the McDonald's entrance at Raffles City Shopping Centre.

The eye witness, who requested to remain anonymous, said: "I think it must have been from very high up because the sound was very loud. People from the hotel were also looking down, while those around were stunned."

Another member of the public, Antz, told citizen journalism site Stomp that she was in the McDonald's outlet at Raffles City Shopping Centre when she heard a loud thud and came out of the restaurant to the horrifying sight.

Swissotel The Stamford's marketing communications director Vivian Tung said in the Channel NewsAsia report: "Every balcony has a lock. Based on guest requests, we have unlocked and locked balcony doors but the balconies remain an operational thing."

Local media reported that the police are investigating the unnatural death.

Yahoo Singapore reported the man to be 33 years old.

In the most recent case on May 30, an Australian woman in her 50s was discovered at the parapet of the second floor of Swissotel The Stamford.

The woman allegedly fell from the 60th floor of the building and no foul play was suspected.

In another separate incident in May 2014, an American hotel guest at the Swissotel The Stamford died from a fall from a height of at least 60 storeys in the wee hours of the morning.

Also in March 2013, a 33-year-old Russian tourist fell to his death from the same building. He was believed to be staying on the 59th floor of the 73-floor hotel.

stephluo@sph.com.sg

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