Motorcyclist skids, breaks through railing and ends up in canal

Singapore Civil Defence Force officers managed to rescue the man from the dry canal using a ladder, a rollgliss which functions like a pulley, and a stretcher. -- PHOTO: SEAH HIANG BOON 
Singapore Civil Defence Force officers managed to rescue the man from the dry canal using a ladder, a rollgliss which functions like a pulley, and a stretcher. -- PHOTO: SEAH HIANG BOON 
Singapore Civil Defence Force officers managed to rescue the man from the dry canal using a ladder, a rollgliss which functions like a pulley, and a stretcher. -- PHOTO: SEAH HIANG BOON 
Singapore Civil Defence Force officers managed to rescue the man from the dry canal using a ladder, a rollgliss which functions like a pulley, and a stretcher. -- PHOTO: SEAH HIANG BOON 

SINGAPORE- A motorcyclist skidded, broke through a railing and ended up in a six-metre deep canal at Seletar West Link in an accident that happened in the wee hours of Friday.

The motorcyclist skidded about 20m across the road, mounted a pavement and broke through the railing before being thrown off his motorbike and into the canal, according to the Chinese-language Shin Min Daily News. His motorcycle dangled precariously between the canal and the railing.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said it was alerted to the incident at about 3am. Officers managed to rescue the man from the dry canal using a ladder, a rollgliss which functions like a pulley, and a stretcher.

The motorcyclist, who is in his 30s, was taken conscious to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. He suffered toe abrasions and said he had back pain.

Shin Min said that 40 to 50 people crowded the area after the accident occurred but the area was too dark for them to spot the man and save him.

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