Published: Friday October 19, 2012 MYT 5:49:00 PM
Updated: Sunday October 21, 2012 MYT 9:51:16 AM
Project team leader dies in Sipadan tsunami buoy accident
KUALA LUMPUR: The maintenance of the tsunami buoy at Pulau Sipadan has been halted due to a fatal accident involving the leader of the project team.
In a statement Friday, the Malaysian Meteorological Department announced that the accident occurred Thursday while team leader Stig Erik Lyng and other members were in the process of servicing the buoy aboard the ship MV Pendamar.
Lyng, 53, an expert with more than 30 years experience in the buoy system, was rushed to the Semporna Hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival.
The technical experts are still investigating the cause of the accident in collaboration with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, it said.
The tsunami buoy project is part of the National Early Tsunami Warning System implemented by the Ministry to detect earthquakes and tsunamis.
Lyng, who is survived by his wife and two children, was the most experienced engineer in the field and involved in the project from its start in 2005. - Bernama