National Sailing Centre suspends water activities after crocodile sighted at East Coast Park

National Sailing Centre suspends water activities after crocodile sighted at East Coast Park

The National Sailing Centre (NSC) has ceased all water activities after a crocodile was spotted at East Coast Park, a spokesperson told Channel NewsAsia on Tuesday (Nov 7). The reptile was spotted by contractors working in the East Coast Park area on Monday, triggering the centre to cancel water training, as well as alert sailors, schools and coaches. 

SINGAPORE: The National Sailing Centre (NSC) has ceased all water activities after a crocodile was spotted at East Coast Park, a spokesperson told Channel NewsAsia on Tuesday (Nov 7). 

The reptile was spotted by contractors working in the East Coast Park area on Monday, triggering the centre to cancel water training, as well as alert sailors, schools and coaches. 

"To our knowledge, the crocodile was not seen in the open water, but at the construction site next to NSC," the spokesperson said, adding that the building works were unrelated to the centre.

A total of 120 NSC users were affected including sailors of various ages. 

In a Facebook post on Tuesday night, the Singapore Sailing Federation assured its users and parents of young participants that safety was its "number one concern" and that it "would not hesitate to cancel upcoming events" if on-water activities were deemed unsafe. 

NSC is monitoring the situation and is working very closely with Government authorities like the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA), and the National Parks Board (NParks), said the spokesperson. 

NParks said in a statement that it has been alerted to crocodile sightings in the area and that it is working with AVA to monitor them, as well as to "catch and translocate the crocodile", which it believes to be an estuarine crocodile.  

"We have also advised the operators of establishments along the coast to take the necessary precautions," said group director of parks Chia Seng Jiang, adding that advisory notices have been put up near the park's water edges. 

"Visitors should heed these signs, in particular to keep to designated paths and away from water edges. Should park visitors encounter a crocodile, they should stay calm and back away slowly. 

"They should not approach, provoke or feed the animal," said Mr Chia in the statement. 

There have been several crocodile sightings this year, with reports on Changi Beach Park and Pasir Ris Park in August alone.  

Those who need help dealing with crocodiles may call the NParks helpline at 1800 471 7300. 

Source: CNA/hs

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