Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Eight rescued as boat sinks off Sihanoukville

Eight rescued as boat sinks off Sihanoukville

Eight rescued as boat sinks off Sihanoukville

Police, navy and civilian vessels sped to the rescue of eight people stranded 18 kilometres off the coast of Sihanoukville yesterday morning after the speedboat in which they were travelling to Koh Rong was sunk by rough seas.

“We safely rescued eight people, including two Cambodian crew and six Vietnamese passengers,” Preah Sihanouk provincial police chief Choun Narin said, adding that his officers were aided in the rescue by the navy and “other big boats”.

Narin said he had cautioned Preah Sihanouk mariners not to venture out to sea yesterday, but his warnings went unheeded.

An employee at TBC Speedboat, who asked not to be named as they were not authorised to speak to the press, yesterday confirmed the boat belonged to his company and that “all six passengers are safe and have been staying in our office”.

But they denied any warnings had been issued by police regarding sea conditions.

“The police did not inform or ban us from taking to sea.”

The Preah Sihanouk coastline is no stranger to sunken ships. In April 2011, five Khmer crew and 87 drunken foreigners were rescued by Sihanoukville fishermen after reportedly dancing their party boat into a watery grave.

MOST VIEWED

  • Research key to Kanitha’s rep for expertise

    Sok Kanitha is used to weighing in on controversial issues using a confident approach that signals expertise and authority, and a recent video she made was no exception. Her “Episode 342: The History of NATO” video went live on January 16, 2023 and immediately shot to 30,000 likes and 3,500

  • Cambodia maintains 'Kun Khmer' stance despite Thailand’s boycott threat

    Cambodia has taken the position that it will use the term "Kun Khmer" to refer to the sport of kickboxing at the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, and has removed the term Muay from all references to the sport. Despite strong reactions from the Thai

  • Knockout! Kun Khmer replaces ‘Muay’ for Phnom Penh Games

    Cambodia has decided to officially remove the word Muay from the programme of the 32nd Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 2023 in May. “Kun Khmer” will instead be used to represent the Southeast Asian sport of kickboxing, in accordance with the wishes of the Cambodian people. Vath

  • Artificial insemination takes herd from 7 to 700

    Some farms breed local cows or even import bulls from a broad for the purpose of breeding heavier livestock for meat production. One Tbong Khnum farmer has found a more efficient way. Hout Leang employs artificial insemination to fertilise local cows. Thanks to imported “straws”

  • New int’l airport nearly half complete as travel industry returns to life

    Construction of a new airport that is slated to serve the capital has passed the 43 per cent completion mark, raising prospects for a proper recovery in the civil aviation and tourism sectors as international travellers return to the Kingdom in increasingly large numbers. The figure

  • Chinese group tours return to Cambodia starting Feb 6

    Cambodia is among 20 countries selected by Beijing for a pilot programme allowing travel agencies to provide international group tours as well as flight and hotel packages to Chinese citizens, following a three-year ban. As the days tick down until the programme kicks off on February 6,