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Body Recovered after Vietnamese Oil Tanker Crash

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Tela company security guards found Mr. Vannak’s body after three days of searching. Supplied

The body of a man who had been missing after a Vietnamese oil tanker crashed into the jetty at the Tela oil company in Sihanoukville on Tuesday evening was recovered yesterday morning after three days of searching by port authority staff and police.
 
The man was identified as 18-year-old Sem Vannak, who worked for Tela and was on the platform when the tanker crashed while trying to dock at the company’s port.
 
Choun Narin said his fellow police officers found the body about 11 am and are now conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of the death.
 
“We have found and recovered the body of the man today [Thursday] and now we are doing the autopsy on his body,” Mr. Narin said.
 
On Tuesday evening, the Vietnamese-owned tanker crashed into the Kampuchea Tela company port, damaging about 130 meters of a platform and about 80 meters of a jetty. In addition to knocking Mr. Vannak into the water, the crash also sent the structure tumbling.
 
Lou Kim Chhun, director general of Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (SAP), said: “When the crash happened, the missing man was on the platform that broke into the water. Right after the accident, I ordered my people to try to find him too, but we could not.
 
“The accident happened because of both weather conditions and technical errors. There were high winds, making the tanker lose its positioning as it docked. The pilot partly caused the accident. The people involved in the accident are the pilot of the Vietnamese tanker and a Cambodian port worker who was a consultant to their docking,” Mr. Chhun said.
 
 

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