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Twin girls, aged 2, die in swimming tragedy

Twin sisters, aged two, were found dead in a pond early on Sunday morning in Kampot province’s Angkorchey district, after they went swimming without supervision and drowned.

Uk Yeb, Chompei commune chief, said that after eating breakfast on Sunday morning, the twin girls, Hoeun Sereivathana and Hoeun Sereivathani, went to visit their grandmother’s house near their home.

He added that their mother, a 29-year-old teacher at a secondary high school, was preoccupied with housework and when the girls arrived at their grandmother’s home they discovered that she wasn’t there, so they decided to go swimming in a pond about 15 metres from her home where they both drowned.

In another drowning incident, a 16-year-old teenage girl drowned after she and six other students took a trip on an overloaded boat in Siem Reap province’s Chikreng district on Sunday.

The students had found an abandoned boat that they used to row to a nearby island.

The boat overturned after a student stepped on the edge of the vessel, police said.

“The survivors scrambled to reach a dam. Unfortunately, one of them was missing and they shouted for help,” Chikreng district deputy police chief Sok Sothearith said yesterday.

The girl drowned because she could not swim, he explained.

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