SAF regular hit by falling branch dies in Brunei

A regular serviceman died in Brunei yesterday morning after he was hit by a falling tree branch while supervising contractors who were performing maintenance work at a helicopter evacuation site.

A statement from the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) last night said resuscitation efforts were performed onsite on the unconscious Third Warrant Officer (3WO) Muhammad Sadikin Hasban, 33, an assistant chief company trainer, after he was hit at about 8.30am.

A Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) doctor continued to try to resuscitate him while he was conveyed via helicopter and ambulance to Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital. They arrived at around 10am.

He succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 11.50am.

The Straits Times understands that the contractors were clearing vegetation at the helicopter evacuation site.

Mindef said it has made arrangements for 3WO Sadikin's family members to be flown to Brunei. His body will be flown back to Singapore today in a military aircraft.

The statement added: "Mindef and the SAF extend our deepest condolences to the family of the late 3WO Sadikin. The SAF is assisting the family in their time of grief and investigating the incident."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 10, 2018, with the headline 'SAF regular hit by falling branch dies in Brunei'. Print Edition | Subscribe