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Singaporean man who drowned off Batam 'should not have been on barge'

Published on Jul 22, 2014 9:18 AM

A Singaporean man who died when a semi-submersible barge sank while being tried out off Batam should not have been on board, his family said yesterday.

Mr Terence Chew Zhi Wei, 31, worked in marketing for Pacc Offshore Services Holdings, which was conducting a submerging trial of the cargo barge last Friday, two nautical miles north-east of the Indonesian port of Sekupang.

The company said in a statement that the Posh Mogami barge "tilted unexpectedly, resulting in the flooding of the control room compartment" at 9.45pm. It added that there was no cargo on board at the time.

Mr Chew, a non-swimmer, drowned along with two colleagues - Myanmar national Ye Myint Myat, 33, and Chinese national Shen Ming Ming, 27.

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