Aquarium diver killed in stingray attack
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 at Underwater World Singapore in a “tragic accident” while readying stingrays for transfer to another aquarium, the attraction’s owners Haw Par Corporation said.
The incident brought back memories of Australian celebrity conservationist Steve Irwin, who was killed by a stingray barb in the chest in 2006 during an expedition off the Great Barrier Reef.
The 25-year-old facility on the resort island of Sentosa shut down in June when it could not keep up with newer attractions, 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.
Stingrays are commonly found in tropical waters and their barbs, at the end of their tails, are coated in toxic venom which they use to defend themselves when threatened.
– STORM and heavy rain warnings were issued yesterday as powerful typhoon Chaba barrelled toward Japan after lashing the southern coast of South Korea with winds that triggered flash floods and left at least two dead.
The violent storm was moving north-northeast off the Tsushima islets chain near Japan’s southern Kyushu, packing gusts of up to 180 kilometres (110 miles) per hour, Japan’s weather agency said.
The Japan Meteorological Agency issued warnings for heavy rains, high ocean waves and floods, covering large swathes of western Japan.
All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines have cancelled a combined 108 domestic flights, while Kyodo news agency said some smaller airlines have also put flights on hold.
The typhoon hit the southern tip of South Korea yesterday, bringing heavy rains that swelled rivers to bursting point, flooded city streets and forced mass flight cancellations.
The Korean Public Safety Ministry said 2500 schools had been closed, while tens of thousands of homes along the southern coast suffered power outages.
In the major port city of Busan, a labourer was killed when strong winds toppled a heavy crane, while a man drowned when caught in floodwaters in the southern city of Ulsan. Three other people were reported missing in floods.
Dozens of flights in and out of the resort island of Jeju were cancelled as Chaba barrelled over the island packing gusts of up to 200 kilometres an hour.
CCTV and mobile video footage shot in Ulsan showed cars being swept down flooded streets and a wooden house having its roof sheared off after slipping into a swollen river and being carried under a low bridge. –
South Korean coast guards try to rescue crew members of a stranded passenger ship in the aftermath of typhoon Chaba in the southern city of Yeosu yesterday.