SINGAPORE: Two Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) full—time National Servicemen (NSFs) were injured on Friday while participating in a live hand grenade training at Pulau Tekong.
The incident took place at 10.45am, and involved Safety Officer Second Lieutenant (2LT) Kamalasivam S/O Shanmuganathan and Recruit (REC) Abdul Hamid Bin Abdul Smad.
The practice throw earlier the same morning had proceeded without incident.
But during the actual throw, recruit Abdul Hamid accidentally released the hand grenade lever while pulling out the safety pin.
Second Lieutenant Kamalasivam immediately instructed recruit Abdul Hamid to throw the grenade towards the designated impact area.
He then pulled Recruit Abdul Hamid down to take cover in the grenade throwing bay and shielded him.
The grenade detonated in mid—air away from the bay.
Recruit Abdul Hamid sustained an injury to a finger on his right hand while Second Lieutenant Kamalasivam was injured on his left shoulder.
Both servicemen were treated on site and subsequently sent to Changi General Hospital (CGH) at 11.45am.
Both are stable and conscious, and currently under observation in the general ward in CGH.
Live hand grenade training has been suspended until investigations are completed.
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