Sixth body found in Bedok Reservoir

Another dead body has been found at Bedok Reservoir.

It is the sixth one found in as many months at that same location.

The Straits Times reported that police received a call at 9:15am Saturday morning, informing them of a dead body floating beside a wooden platform near the Berlin Wall panels at the now infamous reservoir.

A police spokesman said that the corpse belonged to a 48-year-old Chinese man, who paramedics pronounced dead at 9:45am after arriving at the scene.

The body was discovered before members of the Inter-Religious Organisation, community leaders and residents gathered at a floating platform nearby for a blessing of the reservoir, initiated by former foreign minister George Yeo.

Police have classified the death as unnatural and are investigating.

Suicide counsellors urged authorities to take quick action in addressing this apparent trend in deaths at the resevoir.

Psychiatrist Nelson Lee told the same paper, "It's quite alarming. People are concerned about whether it is going to become a trend."

He suggested that the public should be better-educated on spotting signs of depression in loved ones, and for society to be more accepting of people suffering from mental health issues.

Lee added that signs should be installed with helpline numbers around the reservoir to dissuade others from taking their lives, a step the PUB said it's considering.

However, resident Tan Tong Foo, 58, an air-con technician, doubts this would help. "If people want to commit suicide, the signs may not stop them. Maybe brighter lights can be installed around the reservoir instead."

The most recent suicide incident happened almost two weeks ago when a woman in her 50s was found floating in the reservoir waters.

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