Four family members drowned in Kampong Cham’s Kang Meas district on Saturday while they were on a visit to Kbal Koh for Khmer New Year, according to police.
Chief of Peam Chikorng commune police Han Hy said the four were on a family trip and went for a dip in the water.
“When the children arrived from Phnom Penh, their parents brought them to the waters of Kbal Koh. The victims, an adult and three children aged 12, eight and five, were from Kampong Cham province. They studied in Phnom Penh and went home for the New Year.”
“The body of the 35-year-old mother and the two younger children, eight and five, were found on the same day of the tragedy and the other one was found a day later after we used a net,” he added.
Police identified the mother Sles Hasanas, and the 12-year-old and the five-old as her son and daughter, respectively; the eight-year-old was her niece.
Mr Hy said the area was not a resort, but a natural lake which is part of the Mekong River that many people frequent.
District police chief Chea Choun said the drownings were the result of each one trying to help the other.
“One of the children got into difficulty and kept pulling the other children. The mother then went to their aid and she got pulled in herself, ” he said. “They drowned at around 5pm.”
In a separate incident in Banteay Meanchey’s Preah Neth Preah district, three other children drowned in a pond on Saturday while on a trip to their rice field with their parents.
District police said that while the parents were busy supervising work in the rice field, the three girls aged 12, ten and five went to the pond.
“After the children were gone for a long time, their clothes were found on the ground. Suspecting the worst, the parents got into the pond and recovered three bodies,” he said.