SINGAPORE: A member of the Red Lions parachute team who suffered a hard landing at the National Day Parade on Tuesday (Aug 9) is in stable condition, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen.
At about 6.10pm, the final parachutist 3rd Warrant Officer Jeffrey Heng skidded on the pavement instead of landing on his feet, and he fell to the ground. Medics rushed to his side before he was stretchered off.
In a Facebook post about an hour later, Dr Ng said: "Many Singaporeans would have seen one of the Red Lions take a hard landing at NDP.
"3WO Jeffrey Heng's condition is currently stable, alert and conscious, and he is receiving medical attention. Let's all wish Jeffrey a quick recovery."
Parade host Joakim Gomez also updated the crowd about 3WO Heng's condition. He added: "Sir, if you're watching this right now, the entire nation wishes you a speedy recovery."
People took to social media to send him well wishes. “I really hope the last Red Lion is ok," one wrote.
Another said: “I hope the last red lion is ok. My jaw just dropped when he landed that way. Prayers.”
Marcus Song wrote on Facebook: "That was a hard fall. Hope he’s fine and recovers soon."
Steven Chan added: "It’s super windy today. It wasn’t easy. My best wishes and speedy recovery to that brave Red Lion."
In a Facebook post, the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) thanked Singaporeans for their concern and support.
"On behalf of all of us at MINDEF and SAF, we wish our Red Lion 3WO Jeffrey Heng a speedy recovery," the ministry said....