British banker dies after Singapore rooftop plunge

10th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

A British banker died in Singapore after plunging nearly 30 metres from a hotel rooftop in the new waterfront Marina Bay business district, police and local media said Sunday.

A police statement to AFP identified the deceased as a British man and an investigation into the "unnatural death" on Thursday evening was ongoing.

"Police received a call... informing us that a person is believed to have fallen from height from a building located along Collyer Quay, into the waters of Marina Bay," the statement said.

"The body of a male British national in his mid-30s was subsequently brought to shore, and he was pronounced dead by a paramedic at scene.

"Police are investigating the unnatural death."

The Sunday Times said the deceased was William Hart, a 37-year-old British man working in the city-state as head of sales for the Bank of China International.

It said Hart was at the hotel's bar located on the seventh floor when he was believed to have breached a metal railing and glass barrier before falling into the waters.

An employee with the Fullerton Bay Hotel confirmed Thursday's incident but declined to give further details.

© 2011 AFP

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