A Chinese tourist boat in Preah Sihanouk province sank yesterday, with 18 people rescued and a 2 million riel reward offered to anyone who finds any of the missing 23 passengers.
Preah Sihanouk Provincial Administration announced on Friday that at 10.30am yesterday, a boat capsized between Poysareung and Koh Tang in Sihanoukville. After receiving the information, the Water Border Police Department led 16 police units and two boats (1,600 horsepower and 1 700 horsepower) to the location, where they were able to rescue 18 people.
After questioning Chengui Sheng, 27, from Fujian Province, China, the representative of the victims said there were a total of 23 males, including three women, remaining missing, the province said in a statement on Friday.
All 18 victims who were rescued are currently being held at Battalion 240 in Koh Rong for questioning.
At the same time, the unit forces detained another boat carrying two Cambodians. They were handed over to the Police Inspectorate of Sihanoukville, Preah Sihanouk Province for questioning in accordance with procedures. The boat was kept at the unit.
“The search for the 23 missing victims is currently ongoing at the location where the boat sank and the area around the scene,” the statement said.
“Preah Sihanouk Provincial Administration would like to announce to all rescue teams or fishing boats in the area that if they rescue a victim, they will be rewarded with 2 million riel.”