S'pore diving instructor and student drown off Tioman

S'pore diving instructor and student drown off Tioman
A woman being comforted by other mourners at Mr Lee Yong Yeow’s wake at Bedok Reservoir on Sunday. (Inset) Mr Lee Yong Yeow.

SINGAPORE - In A rare tragedy, a Singaporean diving instructor and his student, also a Singaporean, both drowned in the waters off Pulau Tioman island in Malaysia on Saturday.

Quoting the operator of a Tioman diving equipment shop, Shin Min Daily News reported on Sunday that the victims could have run out of air while diving.

The dive shop operator, who was identified only as Mr Reynalds, 36, told the Chinese language evening daily that the pair had rented a tank each from him on Friday before they went diving.

He claimed that the men did not replace the tanks and used them again to go diving on Saturday, adding that perhaps they did not realise the amount of air they had left in their tanks.

There is also a possibility that they had run into problems inflating their dive vests to return to the surface, Shin Min reported.

The diving instructor has been identified as Mr Tan Seah Heng, 48, and his student as Mr Lee Yong Yeow, 35.

When The New Paper spoke to a veteran Singaporean diving instructor about the drownings, he was struck by the unusual circumstances of the tragedy.

For one, he was surprised by the claim that the victims had not replaced the air tanks from the day before.

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