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NUS undergraduate drowns in rafting accident

TRIP TURNED TRAGEDY: Mr Chow was swept away by the currents after falling off the raft into the water.


    Jun 02, 2016

    NUS undergraduate drowns in rafting accident

    A 25-YEAR-OLD undergraduate drowned in Croatia last week while on the last leg of his European graduation trip.

    National University of Singapore (NUS) undergraduate Andy Chow Kok Haw, a pharmacy student in his fourth year, was reported to be white water rafting with a group of friends when he apparently fell into the water, after which he was swept away by the currents, according to Chinese news daily Lianhe Wanbao.

    He was later found dead. It was not known how he fell off the raft.

    His family told Lianhe Wanbao that they are aware of his death, but declined further comment.

    The Straits Times understands that he was on the trip with four other coursemates.

    Friends and schoolmates were shocked when they first learnt about the news on Tuesday. Many of them described him as friendly and approachable person, who always had a ready smile for others. He also enjoyed playing sports.

    An adventure buff, Mr Chow was an active member of the NUS Rovers, an outdoor and adventure interest group. He was also previously the group's treasurer.

    The former Hwa Chong Institution graduate was a recipient of the MOH Holdings Health Science and Nursing Scholarship in 2012.

    He was due to graduate from the university in August.