Bedok Reservoir drowning: A foreign worker

When one is determine to die, one will die.

Again, the sad case--very likely a suicide--involves Bedok Reservoir (Yeah, recall these posts: "Bedok Reservoir dead bodies...", "Bedok Reservoir dead bodies due to suicide?" and "Bedok Reservoir suicides: Killing oneself is not an answer!!").

See, it was reported (in Straits Times, "Floating body of Indian man found in Bedok Reservoir") that the man--Raman Selvam, a foreign construction worker from India--refused help from passers-by who had tried to throw him a life buoy.

Seriously, I have this thought of appealing to media to stop reporting suicide cases anymore. Don't you think it's just attract a similar-minded individual to commit suicide in almost similar manner--and at the same place?!?!

I know it's irrational. (But we're talking about 3 cases here so far!! And all of them happened this year...)

Some insensitive netizens, instead of feeling sorry about the departed, chose to worry about the effect of the suicide to the property nearby. Shame on you! Really.

Officers from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) retrieved a body from Bedok Reservoir this morning.

An SCDF spokesman said they were alerted to a floating body at 8.46am. One fire engine and one ambulance were immediately dispatched to the scene.

Upon arrival, a body was seen floating near the shore, and was retrieved by SCDF officers. The male casualty was pronounced dead at 9.22am.

According to The Straits Times, the man is believed to be Indian construction worker Raman Selvam, 33.

An eyewitness saw a man walking into the water, before disappearing on Saturday afternoon, reported the Shin Min Daily News.

The report said one onlooker who spotted the man shouted at him and threw him a life-buoy, but the man disappeared into the water about 20 or 30 metres from shore.

The man is a construction worker at a site nearby, and is married with three kids, the report said.

According to a fellow worker, Mr Selvam had seemed depressed a few days ago due to some family problems.

The construction foreman, Mr Huang, 40, said Mr Selvam had left the site at about 12pm that day and did not return.

SCDF officers spent more than 10 hours over the weekend looking for the man's body, according to a Straits Times report.

Police received a call about the incident at about 2.30pm on Saturday.

More than 20 officers from SCDF and the Naval Diving Unit were involved in the search for the body.

There was no sign of the body despite a four-hour search. The under-water search resumed at 10.30am on Sunday and ceased at 7.10pm.

Bedok Reservoir cursed?

If found, the body will be the fourth recovered in four months.

On June 20, a highly-decomposed partial corpse was found in the reservoir. The body was identified as Chinese national Lin Xiao, 23, who had gone missing in April.

On Sep 22, the bodies of Tan Sze Sze, 32, and her three-year-old son, Jerald Chin Le Hui, were found floating in Bedok Reservoir.

According to media reports, the stress of her broken marriage and fear of losing the custody battle for her son had pushed Madam Tan over the edge. The two bodies, dressed in red, were found locked in embrace.

Reporters spoke to a resident Mr Liao, 55, who stays nearby and jogs at the reservoir park twice a week with his wife.

When Mr Liao saw police and civil defence officers gathered at the reservoir, he wondered if there had been another drowning.

"Is the reservoir cursed?" he wondered, "Why are there so many incidents lately?"

Another resident Ms He, 38, a teacher, told reporters that fewer people are exercising at the reservoir now and are avoiding the park, especially in the evenings.

From Asiaone, "Another drowning at Bedok Reservoir".

A body - believed to be that of an Indian construction worker - was found at Bedok Reservoir this morning.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it received a call at around 8.45am from someone who spotted the body floating in the reservoir.

Officers retrieved the body shortly afterwards, and the man was pronounced dead at 9.22am.

SCDF officers have been searching since Saturday for the man who is said to have walked into the reservoir.

The man, believed to be 33-year-old Raman Selvam, is said to have worked at a site near the reservoir.

From Today, "Body found at Bedok Reservoir".


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