Only one rower, from Pursat, drowned in this year's Water Festival,
organisers said, following a disastrous 2007 that saw five Singaporean
racers die after their boat capsized, as well as the death of one
Cambodian. But three, boats did sink, said Bou Chomsarey, an
undersecretary of state with the Ministry of Education, Youth and
Sport. Last year's tragedy kept foreign boats out of this week's races,
he added. "We didn't have any foreign boats join this year because we
didn't invite them," he said.