The bodies of three Cambodians killed in a fishing boat crash in Thailand have been repatriated to their home province of Banteay Meanchey province.
They were returned late on Sunday after an accident in which the Cambodians’ smaller fishing boat crashed into a large cargo boat in Thailand’s Chon Buri province.
Oak Samnok, deputy office chief at the Poipet border checkpoint, said the fishing boat had both Thai and Cambodians working on it when it crashed into the bigger cargo ship.
“This is just the news that I heard and I don’t have an official report yet,” he said. “Other reports said the cargo ship hit the fishing boat first.”
According The Nation newspaper, the fishing boat was carrying five Cambodians and three Thais when it was hit by the cargo ship registered in Hyderabad, Pakistan, which did not stop to help the fishing boat crew, but continued to its destination.
Some of the fishing boat crew were rescued by other fishermen nearby, the report added.
Rear Admiral Banchob Phodaeng, commander of the First Naval Area, dispatched a renaissance plane, a helicopter and a patrol ship to the scene of the accident off Sattahib coast in Chon Buri once he was informed of the accident, according to the Nation.
An official at the Cambodian embassy in Bangkok said the embassy had not received an official report of the accident.
“We were informed of the accident from the news and right now our working group is still working on the case by contacting the local authorities where the accident took place,” he said.
Or Lun, chief of Banteay Meanchey police immigration bureau, said the three bodies were sent through the Poipet border checkpoint Sunday night. “My forces reported that the three bodies of the Cambodians came through the checkpoint,” he said.