An Aquarium Diver has reportedly died in Singapore after being injured by stingray in a closed underwater attraction in the city.
According to owners of aquarium, Philip Chan, 62, head diver at Underwater World Singapore (UWS), died after a stingray struck on his chest while he was readying stingrays for transfer to another aquarium.
The diver was taken to hospital immediately, but died later in the day.
Haw Par Corporation, which owns UWS released a statement saying “This was a tragic accident.” Haw Par also said it has suspended the animal transfer programme while police investigations are underway.
Philip Chan was working in the aquarium since it opened in 1991.
The 25-year-old facility had been closed to the public since June as it could not keep up with newer attractions on the same island.
However, UWS kept its staff including Chan to take care the animals until it finds suitable homes for them. According local media, UWS’ pink dolphins, fur seals and otters were moved to the Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in Zhuhai, China,
Commonly found in tropical waters, stingrays have barbs coated in toxic venom on their tail, which are used to defend themselves when threatened.
Earlier in 2006, Australian conservationist and “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin died after being stung multiple times by a stingray.
Steve, who became world-famous for his daring stunts with dangerous animals, died aged 44 while filming a documentary on the Great Barrier Reef in far north Queensland.