One Romanian man died, while two other foreigners were injured, after a boat crash off the coast of Koh Rong Sanloem island in Sihanoukville on Tuesday night, police said yesterday.
Brigadier General Nop Panha, deputy chief of Preah Sihanouk police, said the victims were brought to hospital shortly after being rescued.
“It happened at about 7pm last night when two passenger boats crashed,” Brig Gen Panha said. “Sihanoukville police intervened and brought the victims to hospital.”
Police identified the dead victim as 35-year-old Pe Rou Bogdan-Mihail, who was on a passenger boat carrying 16 foreigners from Long Set beach when the vessel was hit by a larger boat.
Police noted that the majority of the foreigners survived the crash and subsequent sinking of the boat.
“The Romanian man died at the scene while two other foreigners were injured,” said Major Pol Phosda, chief of Sihanoukville police. “The others are hospitalised at the provincial hospital.”
He said that the fates of both boat drivers, Kong Ky and Morm Vy, are still unknown, noting that an investigation into the matter is still being conducted.
Brigadier General Hun Sorithy, chief of the provincial immigration bureau, yesterday said the Romanian mission has been informed regarding Mr Bogdan-Mihail’s death.
“We have already sent a notification of death to the Romanian mission in Cambodia,” Brig Gen Sorithy said. “We leave the work to them on how to facilitate the body.”
Brigadier General Kol Phally, deputy chief of provincial police who ran an autopsy on Mr Bogdan-Mihail’s body, said that the deceased has been transferred to Phnom Penh.
“We did an autopsy on the body of the Romanian and we saw that he truly died from the crash,” Brig Gen Phally said. “A Romanian representative contacted us and transported the body to Phnom Penh.”