Woman rescued from Kallang river tries to leap in again, police apprehend her

There were at least nine police officers at the scene.

Kerr Puay Hian | March 01, 2023, 02:04 PM

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A 35-year-old woman was arrested along Kallang River on Feb. 28 morning — for repeatedly trying to enter the river.

Rescued from the river

An eyewitness, Lin, who works near Kallang River, told Shin Min Daily News that his colleague saw the woman floating in the river at around 6am and immediately called the police for help.

After Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and Singapore Police Force officers arrived, they managed to pull her up to shore.

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In the photos Lin provided, the woman looked distraught.

She was wearing a black t-shirt and pants but was not wearing shoes.

Image via Shin Min Daily News

Refused to be put on stretcher

There were at least nine police officers at the scene and at least five SCDF personnel.

While they were trying to put her on a stretcher, Lin said he saw her struggling, and it looked as if she was trying to jump off the bridge.

“She refused to be put on the stretcher and kept on struggling. Finally, the police officers decided to handcuff her and bring her away,” Lin said.

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A police spokesperson explained that they had received a call for assistance along Kallang River and subsequently apprehended the woman under Section 7 of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Act 2008.


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Top image via Shin Min Daily News