Man drowns at Pasir Ris Park, body recovered by SCDF

Sungei Api Api,  a recreated natural river embankment to spur the regrowth of mangrove plants there to re-establish the original habitat.
Sungei Api Api, a recreated natural river embankment to spur the regrowth of mangrove plants there to re-establish the original habitat. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A 29-year-old man drowned on Sunday afternoon at the Sungei Api Api canal near Pasir Ris Park.

He is believed to have gone into the canal to untangle a fishing line that had gotten caught.

One eyewitness said the deceased, whom relatives later identified as Mr Syed Shafiq Syed Peer, had struggled in the water before he went under.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) received a call about the incident at around 3.20pm, and deployed amphibious vehicles as well as divers from its Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART) in response.

DART divers later recovered the man's body at 5.50pm, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have classified the case as an unnatural death, and are investigating.