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Jakarta Post

Singaporean tourists injured in Batam bridge collapse during photo session

  • Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Batam   /   Fri, November 8, 2019   /   06:38 pm
Singaporean tourists injured in Batam bridge collapse during photo session People help victims of a bridge collapse in Montigo Resort in Batam on Thursday. (Courtesy of Riau Islands Police/-)

A wooden bridge at Montigo Resort in Nongsa, Batam, collapsed on Thursday afternoon while some 30 tourists from Singapore were on it for a photo session.

Eighteen of the visitors suffered injuries in the accident, including broken bones after they fell into the sea below, Riau Islands Police reported on Friday.

Riau Islands Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Saptono Erlangga said the supporting beams of one part of the bridge was weak.

“There were 30 people at one point of the bridge, and it collapsed and over a dozen fell,” Erlangga said.

Thirteen of the injured were treated at Bhayangkara Police Hospital, while five people who suffered minor injuries were treated at the resort’s clinic. Two of the injured had broken bones and were flown to a hospital in Singapore.

“All the injured victims were Singaporean nationals who were on holiday at the resort,” Erlangga said.

A total of 120 Singaporeans were in the area at the time.

The police have questioned four people from the resort management in their investigation.

Montigo Resort spokesperson, Purwono, told The Jakarta Post that they could not provide any comment at the moment. “We will send a press release later,” he said.

The Straits Times quoted a statement from Singaporean community self-help group Mendaki that 26 of its members were injured in the bridge collapse.