Body of man who fell into river found five days later under boat

The body of Mr Neo En Rui, a 27-year-old navy officer who had been missing since Sunday, was pulled out of the Singapore River by SCDF personnel yesterday.
The body of Mr Neo En Rui, a 27-year-old navy serviceman who had been missing since Sunday, was pulled out of the Singapore River by SCDF personnel yesterday.PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO
The body of Mr Neo En Rui, a 27-year-old navy officer who had been missing since Sunday, was pulled out of the Singapore River by SCDF personnel yesterday.
The body of Mr Neo En Rui, a 27-year-old navy serviceman who had been missing since Sunday, was pulled out of the Singapore River by SCDF personnel yesterday.

The body of a 27-year-old navy serviceman who fell into the water at Clarke Quay on Sunday has been found - some five days after he went missing.

The body, which had been trapped under a tongkang (a light boat), was pulled out of the Singapore River by divers from the Singapore Civil Defence Force's Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team at around 9.45am yesterday.

The Straits Times understands that the man has been identified as Mr Neo En Rui, a Republic of Singapore Navy serviceman.

His next of kin, including his mother, were at the scene yesterday, reported Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao. She was in tears after his body was found.

ST understands that the boat under which his body was trapped belongs to TongKang Riverboat Dining. One of the boats houses a restaurant, and the other, a bar.

Mr Neo was believed to have been drinking on a floating platform near the boats when he fell into the water in the wee hours of Sunday.

Later that day, at 2.55pm, the police were alerted and informed that he was missing at the restaurant in River Valley Road. Mr Neo's family called the police after realising that he had failed to return home the night before, according to a report by Lianhe Wanbao.

ST understands that closed-circuit TV footage showed him falling into the river.

The SCDF conducted a surface search along the Singapore River with the help of a boat from a private operator, and later conducted diving operations in the area to search for the man.

Staff from a nearby shop said SCDF personnel were checking beneath the tongkang boats with special equipment yesterday morning, said Lianhe Wanbao.

Not long after that, Mr Neo's body was retrieved. He was pronounced dead by a paramedic at the scene yesterday, and police are investigating the case.

Correction note: This story has been edited to clarify that Mr Neo En Rui was a Republic of Singapore Navy serviceman.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 01, 2017, with the headline 'Body of man who fell into river found five days later under boat'. Print Edition | Subscribe