Ship capsized off Cambodia, 23 Chinese missing

A wooden boat carrying 41 Chinese people capsized off the coast of Sihanoukville province, Cambodia, leaving 23 people missing.

A boat carrying 41 Chinese people crashed off the coast of Sihanoukville on September 22, Kheang Phearom, a spokesman for the Sihanoukville provincial government, in southwestern Cambodia, told AFP. 18 of them have been rescued and Cambodian police are questioning them.

“We are searching for 23 missing people,” Kheang Phearom added.





A Cambodian search and rescue ship in Sihanoukville in February. Photo: Khmer Times.

A Cambodian search and rescue ship in Sihanoukville in February. Photo: Khmer Times.

According to Chuon Narin, Sihanoukville provincial police chief, the representative of the Chinese group said they departed by speedboat from a port in Guangdong province, southeast China, on September 11.

On September 17, they were transferred to a wooden ship with two Cambodian sailors in international waters. This ship started to sink after being flooded yesterday. A fishing boat picked up two Cambodians and left, leaving the Chinese group on board.

Kheang Phearom said the two Cambodians mentioned above were arrested for questioning.

The Chinese Embassy in Cambodia confirmed the shipwreck information and said it had sent a representative to join the search and rescue effort.





Location of Sihanoukville.  Graphics: FT.

Location of Sihanoukville. Graphics: FT.

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