S'pore's worst cable car accident
Thirty-three years ago, seven passengers were killed in Singapore's worst cable car accident.
On Jan 29, 1983, at about 6pm, an oil drilling ship, Eniwetok, was being towed to the sea through the channel between Sentosa and the mainland when its gantry tower snagged one of the two cable car lines.
Seven people plunged to their deaths as two cabins fell 18 storeys into the water. A 22-month-old baby survived the fall and was plucked out of the water.
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Another 13 passengers were stranded in four other cabins, their lives hanging in the balance for hours.
They were rescued by helicopters from the Republic of Singapore Air Force eight hours later.
The cable car system reopened seven months later, but the incident would change cable car safety and rescue operations here.
The Port of Singapore Authority prohibited all vessels taller than 52m from being berthed at the Oil Wharf, while those between 48m and 52m in height had to seek the written permission of the port master to enter, shift or leave the area.
Singapore Cable Cars also installed a new one-way radio communication system to enable passengers to receive messages from the operator should the need arise.
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The Republic of Singapore Air Force also set up a new rescue system specifically for stranded cable car passengers.
Since 2011, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was conferred the power to regulate the fire and rescue management system of amusement rides here under the Amusement Rides Safety Act.