Cambodia still searching for at least 10 Chinese missing from sunken boat

Cambodia still searching for at least 10 Chinese missing from sunken boat

PHNOM PENH: Cambodian rescuers were still searching on Sunday (Sep 24) with regard to at least 10 lacking Chinese nationals after a motorboat with more than 40 individuals on board sank close to islands off the seaside town of Sihanoukville , the provincial government said.

At least one entire body has been found, and there were reports that Vietnamese authorities got rescued nine people, the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Administration stated on its Fb page.

Vietnam’s Mot The Gioi newspaper reported nine people had been rescued late on Fri off the Vietnamese tropical isle of Phu Quoc, citing authorities right now there.

Chinese Ambassador Wang Wentian and Preah Sihanouk provincial Governor Kuoch Chamroeun on Saturday frequented some of the 21 survivors found by Cambodian rescuers, the provincial government said.

Authorities said the boat sank early on Thursday off the city of Sihanoukville, well-liked by tourists and gamblers.

It was not clear what caused the particular boat to sink. Authorities have been questioning survivors, who were delivered to a nearby island.

The provincial government has provided no details about the identity of the Chinese language nationals, and it had not been clear if any Cambodians were among those rescued or the missing.

Cambodia is usually popular with tourists and business people from Tiongkok but many Chinese individuals have been unable to travel in the last couple of years because of Chinese COVID-19 restrictions.

One of the survivors, 27-year-old Chengui Sheng through China’s Fujian province, told authorities the particular boat had been holding 41 people, which includes three women, the particular provincial government stated.

Sihanoukville is home to several casinos and the town has in recent years also seen police raids on suspected cybercrime operators, several with links in order to China, police have said.