11 July 2024
The 10 Thai ship crew members after being rescued on Sunday by Cambodian authorities. (Photo courtesy of The Khmer Times)

Cambodian authorities have saved 10 Thai crew members of a Thai cargo ship that sank in Cambodian waters on Sunday, according to the Khmer Times.

It said the container ship was travelling from Thailand into Cambodian waters on Sunday when it sank between Vang and Manas islands in Koh Ko Cang province. Authorities have not yet confirmed the cause of the sinking.

It said all the Thais were transported to Sihanoukville by a speedboat operated by a volunteer rescue team of the local authorities in Sihanoukville.

“They are currently staying at a hotel near the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port. We will inform the Thai Embassy in Cambodia to file other relevant documents with the General Department of Immigration, because the sinking destroyed all their documents,” it quoted a local official in Preah Sihanouk as saying.

The Thais were identified as Sopon Wantong, Sorasak Sasrimuang, Santina Nagara, Preecha Panchoo, Prakob Vechkit, Adisak Boonkun, Daurang Palnak, Santi Boonya, Arichai Jairak and Worrathun Chimsawat. Their ages range between 30 and 70.

The official said that according to a preliminary investigation, the cargo ship sank due to water flowing in from the front of the ship.

“Experts will investigate the sinking of the cargo ship further to find out exactly why it sank,” he said.

He confirmed that the sinking of the cargo ship was not related to the weather, because when the ship was sinking the sea was calm.

(Photo courtesy of The Khmer Times)The 10 Thai ship crew members after being rescued on Sunday by Cambodian authorities.