Dutch tourist falls from MBS Skypark

The view from the MBS skypark at night. (Yahoo! photo)

A tourist fell to his death from Marina Bay Sands (MBS) SkyPark on Tuesday afternoon, reported Shin Min Daily News.

Police told Yahoo! Singapore that they received a call for assistance at Bayfront Avenue around 3pm.

Paramedics at the scene then pronounced the 46-year-old Dutchman dead.

According to the Chinese daily, MBS stationed more than 10 staff to barricade the area with a black screen to prevent passer-bys from probing. Security officers were also deployed to prevent unauthorised access.

The report also added that the tourist was not staying at MBS, but a guest from a nearby hotel.

This is the first such incident since the SkyPark's opening in June 2010. The SkyPark is 57 storeys high and more than 200m above ground level.

However, to prevent visitors from falling, the outer perimeter of the SkyPark is surrounded by 2-metre-high screens and steel ropes.

A spokesman from MBS confirmed that a dead body had been found on the grass verge along the East Coast Parkway (ECP) near MBS.

Police have classified this case as an unnatural death and are investigating.