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Temple medium's death was an accident, says his father

Dad says son may have lost balance while conducting ritual in waters

Published on Apr 8, 2014 8:24 AM

A 35-year-old Chinese medium, who could not swim, died while conducting a ritual in the waters off Changi Beach just after midnight on Sunday.

Mr Huang Jin Yin was found almost 10 hours after he disappeared at sea, but without his left foot. His body was floating off Changi Ferry Terminal.

His father, in recounting the tragedy yesterday, said Mr Huang had let out a scream before he fell and went missing.

"My relative who was standing nearby rushed into the sea to look for him. But it was too dark and he didn't dare to swim too far out into the sea," said Mr Ng Thiam Chye, 60, a driver, whose surname is spelt differently from that of his son.

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Background story

The ceremony on Sunday was for a relative who died decades ago and was not in connection with the Qing Ming festival, said Mr Ng Thiam Chye, father of the dead man