A probe is under way after a North-east man died while working for a research company off the coast of Africa.
Philip Westerman, of Ellon, was working for an international environmental surveying company on a rig off the coast of Congo when an incident took place on Monday.
Fugro, the 30-year-old’s employer, said it has informed his next of kin and its staff were assisting local police with a probe into what happened.
It is understood the offshore incident is being treated as an accident.
A Fugro spokesman said: “Fugro Subsea Services regret to confirm that there has been an incident offshore in Congolese waters, which has resulted in the fatality of one of our offshore ROV (remotely operated vehicles) personnel.
“Next of kin has been informed and are being supported.
“Our thoughts with the family, friends and colleagues at this sad time.”
He added: “Additional Fugro personnel has been mobilised to assist with the investigation and we are fully co-operating with the local authorities.
“More information will be released when available.”
When UK nationals die overseas, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office offers to provide consular support to their families. However, it is understood that no approach was made for such support in this incident.
It is understood Mr Westerman attended Ellon Academy.
Fugro is based in 60 countries, including Aberdeen, and employs approximately 10,500 people. The firm has a base in Point Noire – a city on the west coast of Congo. From there, staff provide geotechnical drilling services.
Its specialist engineers, geologists and geoconsulting experts provide local and regional support to clients in the oil and gas and mining sectors.