2010 Penang dragon boat accident

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Coordinates: 5°24′28″N 100°20′46″E / 5.40778°N 100.34611°E / 5.40778; 100.34611

2010 Penang dragon boat accident
Time 8:00am (MST)[1]
Date January 17, 2010 (2010-01-17)
Location Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
6 deaths
12 injured

The 2010 Penang dragon boat accident was an incident that occurred on January 17, 2010 in Penang, Malaysia. The incident involved the Chung Ling High School dragon boat team's boat capsizing after colliding with a tugboat amid strong currents. This incident killed 6 people while 12 were injured.[2]

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17 January 2010[edit]

At 8:00am, the Chung Ling High School dragon boat practice took place in the North Strait, located off the Clan Jetties. 18 paddlers took part in this activity. Safety measures were not taken, examples included only 2 out of the 18 paddlers wearing safety jackets, which were compulsory.[3] At 9:00am, the dragon boat capsized after colliding with a tugboat amid strong currents. 12 paddlers were rescued or swam to safety. At 10:00am a rescue team comprising policemen, firemen, marine law enforcement bureau and civil defence officers arrived at the accident area. Two bodies were retrieved, Chin Aik Siang, a teacher, and Jason Ch'Ng, a student.

18 January 2010[edit]

The last 4 missing bodies were recovered, Brendon Yeoh, Goh Yi Zhang, Wang Yong Xiang and Cheah Zi Jun, all students, were found in the sea at 12:10pm. In memory of the deceased, the flag of Chung Ling High School was flown at half mast and a memorial ceremony was held. The school Board of Governors, Parent-Teacher Association and Alumni Association donated RM10,000 to the families of accident victims. An additional RM2000 was donated to the injured paddlers.[4][5][6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Chinese: 中国 钟灵龙舟翻覆 2师生死4失踪
  2. ^ Chinese: 中国 "Calendar Events :: 槟城钟灵(国民型)中学". Clhs.edu.my. 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2010-08-18. [dead link]
  3. ^ Chinese: 中国 "光华电子新闻 | 失踪者只两人穿救生衣 十万火急抢救". Kwongwah.com.my. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  4. ^ Chinese: 中国 "光华电子新闻 | 降半旗示哀 钟灵最痛一天". Kwongwah.com.my. Archived from the original on 27 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  5. ^ "Dad donates RM2,000 to fulfil son’s wish". Thestar.com.my. 2010-01-20. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  6. ^ "Dragon boat tragedy: Tears and more tears from family, teachers and friends". Thestar.com.my. 2010-01-20. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 

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