Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Sihanoukville police arrest two over capsized boats

Sihanoukville police arrest two over capsized boats

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The accident left one Romanian national, Bogdan-Mihail Ciuca, 35, dead. Supplied

Sihanoukville police arrest two over capsized boats

Two operators, whose boats collided near Koh Rong Sanloem, leaving one foreign passenger dead, have been arrested, police said on Wednesday.

Sihanoukville police chief Pol Phosda told The Post that Kong Ky, 47, and Morm Vy, 26, were detained immediately after their boats collided with each other on Tuesday evening.

The accident left one Romanian national, Bogdan-Mihail Ciuca, 35, dead. Two unidentified foreigners fainted in a near-drowning situation.

“At the moment, authorities are interrogating both operators to ascertain the cause leading to the accident, while preparing for a lawsuit to be filed in court for further actions,” Phosda said.

According to the local police at Koh Rong Sanloem commune who took part in the rescue effort, Morm Vy’s boat – loaded with 18 people, including the three victims – capsized after it was hit by Kong Ky’s which had three people.

Yit Nem Soty, the commune police chief, said within 15 minutes of the accident, the authorities rushed to rescue everyone but found the Romanian tourist already dead.

“The autopsy report showed a dark bruise on [the deceased’s] back. He might have died immediately after the collision,” said Soty, adding that Ciuca’s body was taken to the Preah Sihanouk provincial referral hospital and will be kept there until the Romanian Embassy officials collect it.

He said the two unconscious tourists were sent to a private clinic in Sihanoukville.

Sat Huong, 22, Vy’s brother-in-law who was on his boat, told The Post that Vy’s vessel was sailing slowly when Ky’s hit the former’s stern from the right side.

“Shortly after the impact, [Ky] and a foreign passenger called the police to rescue us,” he said, adding: “had they not helped, all of the other 17 people on [our boat], including myself and my brother-in-law, would have drowned.”

Koh Rong Sanloem commune chief, Chhoeun Chantha, stressed that both operators are responsible for the accident.

“Because one person died in the accident, as per law, it is a crime. The perpetrators may be imprisoned because of that. They are also responsible for compensating the victims,” he said.

Kong Ky could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

MOST VIEWED

  • PM to vet NY holiday dates

    The Ministry of Economy and Finance submitted a letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen asking him to formally set a five-day national holiday from August 17-21 to make up for the Khmer New Year holiday in April that was postponed. Finance minister Aun Pornmoniroth sent

  • Cambodia rejects UN rights claim

    Cambodia's Permanent Mission to the UN Office in Geneva on Friday hit back at David Kaye, the UN special rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression after he raised concerns over the repression of free speech and

  • Snaring may spawn diseases

    The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has warned that snaring of animals has become a crisis that poses a serious risk to wildlife in Southeast Asia and could spawn the transmission of zoonotic diseases to humans. Its July 9 report entitled Silence of the Snares: Southeast Asia’

  • Ex-party leader, gov’t critic named as secretary of state

    A former political party leader known for being critical of the government has been appointed secretary of state at the Ministry of Rural Development, a royal decree dated July 9 said. Sourn Serey Ratha, the former president of the Khmer Power Party (KPP), told The Post

  • Residence cards set for over 80,000 immigrants

    The Ministry of Interior plans to grant residence cards to more than 80,000 immigrants to better keep track of them. The ministry announced the plan on July 10, following the results of an immigration census. “An inter-ministerial committee and many operational working groups have been set up

  • Kingdom produces PPE gear

    Medical supplies from Cambodia have been donated to member countries of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to assist in the fight against Covid-19, said an ADB report published on July 9. The report stated that the supplies were donated as a response to global efforts to

  • Kingdom, US vow stronger ties

    At an academic forum on Saturday to celebrate 70 years of Cambodia-US diplomatic ties, Cambodian researchers and officials expressed hope of encouraging US investments and for that country to deepen and improve its bilateral relations. Held at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, it reviewed the past 70

  • Fifteen Cambodians from Saudi get Covid-19

    The Ministry of Health on Sunday confirmed 15 more imported cases of Covid. The 15 men ‒ all Cambodian aged 21 to 33 ‒ arrived from Saudi Arabia on Friday via a connecting flight in Malaysia. They were travelling with 79 other passengers, three of them women. The ministry said 80 of the

  • Ministry requests school opening

    The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport on Thursday said it would request a decision from Prime Minister Hun Sen to allow a small number of schools to reopen next month. Ministry spokesman Ros Soveacha said if the request is granted, higher-standard schools will reopen

  • Kingdom eyes India FTA, China deal set for August

    Cambodia is studying the possibility of establishing a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) with India to open a new market with the second-largest regional economy. This comes as an FTA with China is scheduled to be signed next month while similar negotiations with South Korea