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Fisherman dies in high-speed boat crash

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One of the boats after the collision. Swift News

A fisherman died and another was injured on Monday when two small boats travelling at high speeds, without lights, collided at night on the Stung Sangke river in Siem Reap province’s Puok district.

District deputy police chief Pov Sophoeun yesterday identified the dead fisherman as Sok Khen, 41, and the injured one as Mean Phut, 18.

He said that Mr Khen was travelling with his son Sok Chetra, 11, and Mr Phut was with another fisherman Men Phyrun, 22, when the accident took place at about 7pm near

the district’s Por Treay commune.

Mr Sophoeun said that on seeing the crash, fishermen nearby rescued the other three and brought them ashore, along with Mr Khen’s body, before alerting police.

“We are now investigating the cause of the accident and collected pieces from the crash for further legal action,” he said. “Mr Khen’s body was handed over to his family for a funeral.”

District traffic police chief Kong Samorn said yesterday that both boats were travelling very close to each other’s paths in opposite directions.

“Both boats were travelling at high speeds without lights,” he said. “When dusk fell, both drivers could not see the other boat and they crashed into each other.”

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