Stingray kills Sin­ga­pore aquar­ium diver

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SIN­GA­PORE: A Sin­ga­porean diver has died af­ter be­ing struck on the chest by a stingray in a closed un­der­wa­ter at­trac­tion in the city-state, the aquar­ium’s own­ers said yes­ter­day.

Vet­eran diver Philip Chan, 62, was stung on Tues­day at Un­der­wa­ter World Sin­ga­pore in a “tragic ac­ci­dent”, while ready­ing stingrays for trans­fer to an­other aquar­ium, the at­trac­tion’s own­ers Haw Par Cor­po­ra­tion said in a state­ment. He later died of his in­juries in hospi­tal. The in­ci­dent brought back mem­o­ries of Aus­tralian celebrity con­ser­va­tion­ist Steve Irwin, who was killed by a stingray barb in the chest in 2006 dur­ing a div­ing ex­pe­di­tion off the Great Bar­rier Reef.

Haw Par said it has sus­pended the an­i­mal trans­fer pro­gramme while po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions are un­der way.

The 25-year-old fa­cil­ity on the re­sort is­land of Sen­tosa shut down in June when it could not keep up with newer at­trac­tions on the same is­land, in­clud­ing a big­ger aquar­ium and wa­ter ad­ven­ture park.

Its pink dol­phins, fur seals and ot­ters were moved to the Chime­l­ong Ocean King­dom in Zhuhai, China, one of the largest ma­rine parks in the world, while its other sea crea­tures were still look­ing for new homes, lo­cal me­dia re­ported.

It is un­clear which species of stingray struck Chan in the chest. – AFP

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