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Boat crash: One dead, two missing

Boat crash: One dead, two missing

A man was killed while two others are still missing after two boats collided on Sunday night in Koh Samrong commune, Kampong Siem district, Kampong Cham province.

District police chief Ek Pandorn said on Monday that after the accident, police recovered the body of a male victim. Police and family members are searching for the two still missing.

Koh Samrong commune police chief Kea Sokun said police worked very hard to find the two, but by Monday they had still found nothing.

He said a survivor of the accident told police that 10 people boarded a boat to cross the Mekong for a wedding in Romcheck commune, Kampong Siem district.

At around 10pm they took the same boat to return home along the river when another boat sailing at a high speed hit theirs, causing passengers to be thrown overboard.

In the dark, the passengers tried to swim to the river bank some 200m away, but some of them could not swim or were injured or unconscious from the accident. The boat sunk and some went missing. Locals tried to search for them in the water, but did not find anyone.

“The skipper of the boat that caused the accident escaped and authorities are searching for him,” Sokun said, adding that the survivors claimed that the boats did not have any lights.

According to Fresh News, the missing victims are identified as Rin Chea, 53, and Thim Than, 52.


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