Singaporean dies after plunging down Kulai waterfall while trying to save 7-year-old daughter

Kulai Fire and Rescue Department personnel carrying the body of David Cho, who died after plunging down the Gunung Pulai waterfall.
Kulai Fire and Rescue Department personnel carrying the body of David Cho, who died after plunging down the Gunung Pulai waterfall. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

JOHOR BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A 47-year-old Singaporean died after plunging down the Gunung Pulai waterfall in Kulai on Sunday (July 3) afternoon.

Kulai Fire and Rescue Department chief Mohd Zainuddin Khairi said the deceased was identified as David Cho Kah Loong.

He said Mr Cho, his wife Chua Soon Hoon, 46, and their daughter Rachael, seven, went to the waterfall - a popular spot among locals and Singaporeans - for a picnic.

Also in the group were Madam Chua's sister Chua Mei Chin, 47, and seven-year-old Elizabeth Choo.

"We received a call at around 12.55pm and sent five personnel, who arrived at the scene after a few minutes," said Mohd Zainuddin.

He said Mr Cho and his wife fell when they tried to save Rachael, who had earlier slipped from the waterfall from a height of 20m.

Mr Cho's wife, Rachael and Elizabeth were injured in the incident, he added.

In May, a visit to a waterfall in Australia's Blue Mountains led to the death of Singaporean student Cheng Shi Min when she slipped and fell more than 20m. 

Ms Cheng, 21, suffered head and chest injuries and died a day after her fall.