THE UNST community was in shock this week after the death in Algeria of Clive Owers, 25-year-old son of Stewart and Shelagh, and brother of Karen and Ross, while working for oilfield services company Schlumberger.
Clive was brought up on the island and attended Baltasound Junior High School. He is the great-nephew of Duncan Sandison and his father, Stewart, is managing director of the Sandison companies, which include the Baltasound shop, salmon hatcheries and quarries, Papil Salmon and Thulecraft.
Clive, a senior engineer with Schlumberger, was fatally injured in an accident which took place on Tuesday at a wellsite near Hassi-Messaoud. He and an Algerian colleague Rachid Khalifa were carrying out routine operations when the crane basket they were working from fell to the ground. Both men were fatally injured.
The cause of the accident is currently under investigation by Schlumberger.
Clive started with Schlumberger in the company’s North Sea operations in September 1996 and was only recently transferred to Algeria from Aberdeen. Funeral arrangements are still to be finalised. A memorial service is also being planned for friends and colleagues in Aberdeen.