Sampan tips over at shopping mall canal: Marina Bay Sands investigating incident

SINGAPORE - A sampan that runs on a canal in the Marina Bay Sands shopping mall tipped over with guests in it on Sunday.

It is the first time such an incident has happened since the sampan ride came into operation in 2010.

A spokesman for Marina Bay Sands told The Straits Times that the water in the canal is shallow, and that assistance was "immediately rendered" to the affected guests.

"While this is an isolated incident, the safety of our guests is of utmost importance and we are currently investigating this matter to ensure it does not happen again," she said.

The ride, which costs $10 per person according to the Marina Bay Sands website, lasts six to nine minutes. The canal is located at Basement 2 of the shopping mall.

A netizen sent a photo of the capsized sampan to citizen journalism website Stomp on Sunday.

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