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Dear Dragon Boat Community,
Arising from two (2) capsize incidents in the recently concluded 32nd Singapore River Regatta 2014 that saw people getting immersed in the water. There were two (2) near drownings and several cases of people going under and/or unable to float adequately, even though they were wearing Personal Floatation Devices (PFD).
SDBA’s investigation revealed that these were due to the quality as well as the way the PFD were used. In both capsize incident, the teams were wearing the common slip-on type PFD favoured by almost everyone in the dragon boat community. Enclosed is a photo of the slip-on type PFD demonstrated by the Singapore Polytechnic team.
SDBA established the following findings:-
In the interest of safety, SDBA instruct all dragon boaters to check the functionality of their PFD, especially if you are using the slip-on type. To test, do the following:-
For the long term, SDBA has created a special joined task force with specialists and our industry partners to look into improving the safety governance on the wearing of PFD for dragon boating.
The near drowning incidents (even though while wearing PFD) in the Singapore River Regatta is a serious warning to all of us. Tragedy was only averted by luck and chance. Our sport cannot afford to turn a blind eye to the warnings.
SDBA therefore would like to inform all dragon boaters to expect sweeping changes in the governance of the wearing of PFD for dragon boat activities. Stay tuned.