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Keppel Shipyard worker missing after concrete pier gives away

Rescue personnel is searching for a worker at Keppel Shipyard in Singapore after the worker fell into the sea.

The Bangladeshi worker, who was hired by a sub-contractor, was standing on the crane that was mounted on a concrete pier at the shipyard, and the part of the pier collapsed at 10.40 am local time today (23 August). At the time of writing, the worker remains missing.

Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower said that as the pier gave way, the crane toppled onto a vessel that was berthed next to the pier, causing the worker to fall into the sea as the crane became partially submerged in the water.

The ministry said that four other workers – two Bangladeshis, one Chinese and one Singaporean – suffered minor injuries and are in stable condition.

All works at the affected pier have been suspended at the ministry’s order, until further notice.

Martina Li
Asia Correspondent

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