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DEAD BODY OF MAN WHO FELL INTO PANDAN RIVER FOUND, KAYAKERS THOUGHT IT WAS A GUNNY SACK

The Singapore Police said that they received a call for help on 22 August at 9.57am, after a body of a 60-year-old man was found at the Pandan River.

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The body was subsequently retrieved from the river and according to the police’s preliminary investigation, they do not suspect foul play.

The man had been reported missing by his family on 21 August, and the deceased is the same man who was reported to have fallen into the river.

The SCDF said that they received a call for help at the Pandan River at 10.15am, and their firefighters brought the body back to land.

Thought it was a gunny sack

47-year-old Rich Liow was kayaking with his friends that morning, planning to kayak from West Coast to Pulau Hantu but detoured to Pandan River after realising they didn’t have a safety boat, according to The Straits Times.

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Liow told ST that when they discovered the body while crossing the river, they initially thought it was a gunny sack floating.

They then got closer and saw tattoo’s on the deceased’s back, as well as his white hair, and he then recalled reading in the news about a man who had fallen into the same river the day before.

They then called the Police Coast Guard for help.

While waiting for the authorities to arrive, Liow and his friends remained at the scene to fend off otters that were trying to approach the dead body.

Police investigations are ongoing at the time of writing.

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