Rare Fatality Mirrors 'Crocodile Hunter' Death by Stingray
A freak incident killed a 62-year-old diver in Singapore, in circumstances similar to the death of Steve Irwin in 2006.
An aquarium worker in Singapore has died after being stung in the chest by a stingray, Underwater World Singapore announced Wednesday.
Philip Chan, 62, the aquarium’s head diver, was prepping stingrays for transfer to another aquarium Tuesday when he was hit. Chan was taken to a hospital, where he died.
"This was a tragic accident," the aquarium’s owner, Haw Par Corporation, said in a statement.
The aquarium, which opened in 1991, has been closed to the public since June and has been working on transferring its animals to other captive facilities. It's been operating with a skeleton crew of employees during its decommissioning process.
Transfer of animals has been suspended pending investigations into Chan's death.
The tragic incident calls to mind the death