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SCDF stands down search operation for missing worker at Keppel Shipyard in Tuas

SCDF stands down search operation for missing worker at Keppel Shipyard in Tuas

A section of a quayside at Keppel Shipyard gave way on Aug 22, 2022, causing two workers to fall into the sea and a crane to tilt to the side. (Photo: Facebook/Raja Sivasamy)

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) on Wednesday (Aug 24) said it has "stood down" its resources in the search operation for a worker who fell into the water after part of a concrete pier collapsed at Keppel Shipyard.

A crane was standing on the pier when it collapsed on Monday, causing it to topple into a vessel that was berthed next to the pier, a Ministry of Manpower (MOM) spokesperson said on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old Bangladeshi worker, who is employed by Kumarann Marine, was on the pier at the time. He fell into the sea and is missing, the MOM spokesperson added.

The incident at 51 Pioneer Sector 1 of Keppel Shipyard caused the crane to be partially submerged under water.

SCDF said in a statement that it received a call for rescue at the location at about 12pm on Monday.

“Upon SCDF’s arrival, a shore crane was found leaning against a berthed vessel,” it said. “SCDF conveyed two people to the National University Hospital.

“SCDF’s resources for the search operation were stood down on Aug 23.”

Four other workers – two Bangladeshis, one Chinese national and one Singaporean – suffered minor injuries and are in stable condition, said the spokesperson. 

A Keppel Shipyard spokesperson said on Tuesday:  "A section of the quayside gave way causing two workers to fall into the sea and a crane to tilt to the side."

One of the workers was rescued and is in stable condition, while the other is missing.

The spokesperson added that Keppel Shipyard is working with the SCDF and Police Coast Guard on the search operations.

MOM said it is is investigating the cause of the accident, and has stopped all works at the pier.

Source: CNA/ga
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