Still coming to terms with the dragon boat tragedy in Penang.
For a gut-wrenching and descriptive eye-witness account of the scene in the aftermath of the tragedy, go here.
If what she says is true, the authorities and rescue services should seriously look into their response times – especially the helicopter and marine (including divers) search-and-rescue teams. Press photographers (and their editors) too need to be more sensitive in their work. And note that victims’ families do not appreciate onlookers gawking and gossiping…
Thanks to blog reader Iron for alerting me to the findings of a safety inquiry panel in Singapore which looked into another dragon boat tragedy in Cambodia in November 2007. That tragedy left five Singaporeans dead.
Something for us to think about this weekend.