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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

SIMTech staff has died after he was involved in a boating accident in Agatti island

SINGAPORE: A Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) staff has died after he was involved in a boating accident in Agatti island, off India, on Monday.

Mr Yong Kian Fei was on vacation when the incident happened.

While it is not fully known how the accident occurred, Mr Yong and his colleague, research engineer Desmond Ho, were believed to be attending a wedding on the island.

Thirty-two-year-old Mr Ho was injured during the accident and was sent to a local hospital. He is said to be in stable condition.

An A*STAR spokesperson said it was making arrangements for him to return to Singapore last night.

A Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) spokesperson said Wednesday that its consulate general in Chennai is aware of the incident and is in contact with the families of both Singaporeans.

MFA will also provide the families with all the necessary consulate assistance they might need.

A SIMTech supervisor has accompanied Mr Yong's family members to India and is helping the family to make arrangements to repatriate Mr Yong's body back to Singapore.

Agatti island is situated about 459km off Kochi and is a popular beach resort destination due to its blue lagoons and coral reefs.

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