We woke up to the sad news of "Bodies of dragon boat paddlers recovered" accompanied by photos of 5 brawny and tanned young men splashed across our newspapers today.
The five young men of our national team had been missing since their dragon boat capsized in a freak acccident during the annual dragon boat races in Cambodia as part of the capital's Water Festival celebrations. Seventeen other Singapore teammates were rescued.
After a massive rescue effort spanning 40 hours, the bodies were recovered. Amongst the 5 sports enthusiasts were a Mr World Singapore 2006, a physical education teacher, an engineer, an undergrad and a corporal in the army. We read about these motivated guys 'never say die' attitude and passion for the sports.
It's heart-wrenching to see 5 young lives gone in a tragedy like this. Words simply can't describe the sorrow the families are going through right now...