SANDHU, Sunil Singh (c. 1973-2019), was one of two Singaporians killed in the September 2, 2019 fire aboard Conception at Santa Cruz Island. Sandhu, who was born in Singapore, had been living in the United States for at more than 20 years. Sandhu's father, Sojit, says his son earned a both a masters and doctoral degree from Stanford, and was working as a research scientist.
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September 4, 2019 [coconuts.co]: “Two Singaporeans are believed to be among the victims of a boat fire that happened off the coast of California on Monday. They have been identified as data scientist Tan Wei [Wei Tan], 26, and research scientist Sunil Singh Sandhu, 46. The pair were among 39 people who were on a diving expedition onboard the 23m-long Conception boat when it caught fire and sank off the coast of Santa Barbara at 3:15am (US Pacific time), or 6:15pm Singapore time, multiple media reports said.”
September 9, 2019 [americanbazaaronine]: “A third person of Indian heritage is among those killed in the fatal ship fire that claimed 34 lives off Santa Cruz island on September 2, it has emerged. Sunil Singh Sandhu, who immigrated from Singapore, more than two decades ago was also on board the diving boat Conception, the Straits Times reported. Sandhu, a research scientist, was working as a senior scientist in silicon photonics at Pointcloud Inc., a start-up based in San Francisco. According to the Times, members of Sandhu’s family, who live in Singapore, have done the DNA swabs for identification. The family told the newspaper that his father and elder sister Geetajeet Kaur Sandhu did their cheek swabs at the US Embassy in Singapore for the identification of the body and the samples have been dispatched. The family is still awaiting the test results. Sandhu was alumnus of the Palo Alto High School and the Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee, from where he graduated in 2003. He earned a PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 2011. Sandhu, who was fluent in Russian, Mandarin and Japanese, besides English, had been living in the United States for the past 24 years. According to the paper, he would travel frequently to meet with his family in Singapore. As the American Bazaar reported earlier, Indian American couple Kaustubh Nirmal and Sanjeeri Deopujari, who lived from Stamford Connecticut, were aboard ill-fated ship.Remains of Kaustubh and Deopujari have been identified. The investigations reveal that the victims died of smoke inhalation and not burns. The boat full of divers sank off Santa Cruz Island after catching fire in the early hours of September 2. Authorities have now been able to recover bodies of 33 out of 34 victims that died in the tragedy.”