Fishing Boat Catches Fire

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Other boat crews gather to help put out the fire which was started by an electrical fault. Supplied

A fishing boat caught fire yesterday afternoon off the coast of Koh Kong province’s Botum Sakor district, however police said no one was injured.
 
Thmor Sar commune police officer Kem Bora told Khmer Times yesterday after visiting the boat that an electrical explosion and subsequent fire had destroyed about 20 percent of the wooden vessel, including fishing nets and tools.
 
“The fire happened at about 12pm to 1pm [yesterday] when the workers on the boat left it without switching off the light that was connected to the battery, which caused an electrical explosion and set it on fire,” he said.
 
Mr. Bora said there were no injuries because nobody was aboard at the time.
 
“Workers from boats nearby saw and helped put the fire out,” he said. “The owner of the boat took it ashore to repair it to be used again.”
 
Mr. Bora added that the fishermen used the battery for lighting at nighttime and to power a pump to take water out the boat.
 
The boat’s owner, Che Eng, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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