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Eighty-seven rescued as partying sinks boat

Eighty-seven rescued as partying sinks boat

A group of 87 tourists were left in the drink yesterday afternoon when their Sihanoukville party boat sank because they were “too happy”.

Tak Vantha, Preah Sihanouk provincial police chief, said last night that 87 foreigners taking part in a booze cruise danced and drunk their vessel into the sea about 3 kilometers from the shore at around 3pm yesterday, taking the five Cambodian staff aboard with them.

“The reason that caused the boat to sink was not from heavy rain or storms,” he said.

“It was caused by our long nosed [foreigners], who were too happy.”

He claimed that excessive partying had caused the boat to sink, placing the tourists in grave danger.  

Luckily, everyone escaped with their lives.

“When we rescued them, we found that they were already drunk and could not swim,” he said.

No one was injured during the ordeal, he said, and all those aboard had been returned to safely to shore, thanks to four Sihanoukville fishermen who kindly navigated their boats to rescue the stranded partygoers.  

Som Chenda, director of Preah Sihanouk Provincial Tourism Department, told The Post he was too busy to comment on the issue.

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