- 7 Jun 2011
An 18-year-old recruit from the Basic Military Training Centre (BMTC) on Pulau Tekong attempted to swim out of the island towards mainland Singapore, in what is believed to be the first such case to have happened.
It is understood that the incident took place last December and he had made the swim attempt at night.
However, he was spotted and picked up by the Police Coast Guard and handed back to the authorities at the training centre.
The Ministry of Defence confirmed that the recruit "attempted to swim out of Pulau Tekong towards the main island of Singapore", The Straits Times reported on Wednesday.
He was found on the Kechil Land Link, a strip of land linking pulau Tekong and Pulau Tekong Kechil, said Mindef spokesman Colonel Desmond Tan.
But it is unclear how far he had swim when he was first spotted. Tan also did not give any specifics of the date and time in which the incident took place. When, queried, Tan declined to comment on what additional measures have been put in place or whether the recruit is still in active service.
He would only say that the recruit â€” believed to be a science student from Raffles Institution â€” has been "disciplinary dealt with".
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