A man has died after falling off a merchant ship into the waters off Singapore's east coast on Tuesday night.
The Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) said in a statement that it received a report at 8:45pm on Tuesday that a craft was sighted drifting and two men were in the waters in the Eastern Bunkering Anchorage 3.5 kilometres south of the East Coast Parkway.
Two MPA crafts and one Police Coast Guard (PCG) craft were activated. Both men were subsequently rescued at 9:10pm.
MPA said one of the men is the master of a supply craft while the other was a 30-year-old Singaporean ship chandler. The ship chandler fell from bulk carrier Cape Fushen after delivering the ship store. The master then put on a life jacket and went into the water to assist the man overboard.
After both men were found in the waters, the master was returned to his craft, while the ship chandler, who was unconscious, was sent to the hospital but then passed away, said MPA.
MPA, PCG and the MInistry of Manpower are investigating the incident.
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