Singaporean struck by lightning during top-secret training course

by John Hilton18 Nov 2015
A 41-year-old soldier from Singapore has been struck by lightning while taking part in a top-secret training course.

The man was reportedly struck near Lake Argyle in Western Australia’s far north, according to the ABC.

The people involved in the training accident declined to comment about the nature of what they were doing, claiming they had been sworn to secrecy by the Singaporean government.

It is believed that he is a Nepalese Gurkha from a special unit in the Singaporean police force.

The unit is called the Gurkha Contingent who each year undertake an outback leadership training course run by the Perth-based human resource development consultancy Outback Initiatives.   

After the man was struck he was driven to Kununurra and then flown to the Royal Darwin Hospital.

A spokesperson for the Royal Darwin Hospital said the man was in a serious but stable condition, after being taken off life support.

Senior Sergeant Steve Principe of the Kununurra Police added that it’s looking promising that the man will make a recovery.

Fairfax Media reported that the Singaporean police force has a Gurkha contingent that are reportedly taking part in counter-terrorism and special security duties.