Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Smugglers’ boats sink in timber chase

Smugglers’ boats sink in timber chase

Smugglers’ boats sink in timber chase

Smugglers sank two boats filled with illegally logged rosewood into Koh Kong’s Sre Ambel River as they shook off pursuing rangers from Wildlife Alliance on March 22, the NGO has said.

An anonymous informant tipped off rangers in Sre Ambel district to the boats, allegedly filled with timber cut from the southern Cardamom rainforest and bound for Vietnam.

“Not only had the loggers escaped, but they also sank their boats to the bottom of the river,” a statement published on Wildlife Alliance’s website says. “It took 36 hours of diving [in]to 46 feet [deep water] to recover the 18 cubic meters of timber from the bottom of the river.”

And while the team of rangers has recovered about $13,000 worth of luxury timber, only one of the boats has so far been recovered, an NGO employee not authorised to speak with the press said.

At least five smugglers were sighted on the boats before they escaped, the source added.

“This operation was led by Wildlife Alliance rangers,” the official said.

Major Sieng Um, a military police official stationed in the area, said yesterday that he was unaware of the chase.

“I sometimes work with Wildlife Alliance related to these matters, but I have not heard about this incident,” he said. “I will investigate this matter next week.”

Two Koh Kong police officials who spoke on condition of anonymity yesterday confirmed the incident took place on March 22, but declined to provide further details.

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom may hire Turkish power ship

    Cambodia is considering negotiating with Turkey to hire a 200MW-capacity power ship to meet electricity demands as the country faces an ongoing electrical shortage, according to the prime minister. Speaking to garment workers in Pursat province on Wednesday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Electricite du

  • EDC tackles power shortfall

    Electrcite Du Cambodge (EDC) on Monday issued a statement updating the public on its efforts to tackle insufficient electricity supplies during the ongoing dry season. Reductions in electricity prices have resulted in a steady increase in consumers in the Kingdom, while local and international investors

  • Woman who scaled Cambodia’s three highest peaks eyes Everest

    One of the very few Cambodian women to have successfully reached the Kingdom’s three highest peaks is now eyeing Malaysia’s tallest mountain, Mount Kinabalu, and potentially even the world’s tallest straddling Nepal and China, Mount Everest. While in many Western countries it

  • Cheap, clean and efficient: The firm leading Cambodia’s solar revolution

    Sitting in her bright and airy 17th floor office, Rithya Menon, Okra Smart Solar’s lead firmware engineer, checks the frequently updating data telling her everything about how well their community services are operating. “I saw in the data that there was a problem with