Cheers as man who fell in canal at Bukit Panjang rescued by SCDF

Singapore Civil Defence Force rescue of a man who fell into a canal at Segar Road on Oct 22, 2016.
Singapore Civil Defence Force rescue of a man who fell into a canal at Segar Road on Oct 22, 2016.PHOTO: STOMP

SINGAPORE - A man was rescued after falling into a large drain and injuring his leg at Bukit Panjang last Saturday (Oct 22).

It is not known how he fell into the canal, but the rescue was filmed by a witness and posted on citizen journalism site Stomp.

About 15 officers from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) were involved.

SCDF said it was alerted to the incident near Block 457 on Segar Road at 6.22pm.

A man was found injured in a canal and was rescued using ropes and ladders, SCDF said.

The man, who was seated at the bottom of the three to four metre deep canal, was placed on a stretcher and secured. It took the collective effort of close to 10 officers to hoist the stretcher out of the canal.

Most pulled using the ropes, while two officers pushed the stretcher from below while climbing ladders.

At one point, they had to stop to right the stretcher as it became tilted. Bystanders cheered when the injured man was laid onto the pavement safely.

He had leg injuries and was taken to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, SCDF said.

SCDF also sent a fire engine, a Red Rhino and an ambulance.