Sunday 25 November 2007

A sad day

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...

4 comments:

The Real Mother Hen said...

OMG! That's terrible!

SOUL said...

i know whatcha mean blur...i woke to the news, reporting two 15 year old boys dying in a car crash. sad, very sad.

Amel said...

Oh dear...this is really a BIG tragedy!!! :-((( And it's always hard to hear someone gone while they're still young with small kids left behind...:-((((

The World According To Me said...

I'm very sorry to read this post. I can only imagine what their familes are going through.
Sometimes life can be so cruel.