Navy regular critically injured after incident onboard ship

File photo: RSS Endeavour at Changi naval base.

SINGAPORE - A Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) regular serviceman, Military Expert (ME) 2 Chee Weng Fai Jason, was critically injured onboard the Landing Ships Tank RSS Endeavour while it was berthed at Changi Naval Base.

He was caught between the motorised winch and the rope while checking on one of the berthing ropes that was being tightened.

Below is the full press statement from the SAF:

A Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) regular serviceman, Military Expert (ME) 2 Chee Weng Fai Jason, 29, a Weapon Systems Supervisor was critically injured onboard the Landing Ships Tank RSS Endeavour.

At 2.22pm, ME2 Chee was checking on one of the berthing ropes that was being tightened and in the process was caught between the motorised winch and the rope. At the time of the incident, RSS Endeavour was berthed at Changi Naval Base.

The medical centre was alerted to the incident at 2.25pm. From 2.30pm, ME2 Chee was attended to by a medical team led by four medical officers from the Changi Naval Medical Centre.

The medical team stabilised his condition before careful extrication was carried out to prevent further aggravation to his injuries.

Following extrication, ME2 Chee was sent via an SAF ambulance from RSS Endeavour to Changi General Hospital (CGH) at 3.26pm and was admitted to CGH at 3.52pm. The medical officers continued to stabilise him in the ambulance en route to the hospital.

ME2 Chee has undergone emergency surgery and remains in critical condition.

The SAF is conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the incident.

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