September 11, 2006
An elderly man nearly drowned at Splashdown 2006 on Sept. 9 while attempting to set a record holding his breath underwater.
Organised by the NUS University Lifeguard Corps on an annual basis, this year’s Splashdown event marked its 18th inception and was held at the NUS SRC swimming pool.
Peter Yan, who is in his fifties, was struggling three minutes into his record setting attempt which was to have been the finale for the event.
“He gestured to the lifeguards who were beside him in the water that he did not want to give up initially,” said Adelyn Yew, a fourth-year English language major who was participating in Splashdown and witnessed the mishap.
Yan, who was earlier introduced as a ‘qigong’ master, was hauled out of the pool 270 seconds into his record attempt, when the two lifeguards who were within an arm’s length of him in the water, realised he was motionless.
“He (Yan) was found to be in a state of shock,” said Joel Chua, vice-president of the Lifeguard Corps. “The medics from the St. John’s Ambulance reacted after he was dragged out of the water.”
Recommended by steven1000: "Dr. Peter Yan is also known to hold other rather quirky records, such as the longest 'yum-seng' in a single breath. He was subsequently sent to the National University Hospital, where he regained consciousness. He was discharged the following morning.