Jimu News Reporter Man Da
intern Luo Yan
On the afternoon of September 22, in the waters of Sihanouk Port, Cambodia, a fishing boat suddenly broke down and sank. Eighteen of the 41 Chinese citizens on board were rescued, and 23 others fell into the water and disappeared. The Chinese Embassy in Cambodia immediately launched the emergency response mechanism and set up a special work shift to coordinate on-site rescue work. As of noon on the 23rd, another person had been rescued and the remains of one victim had been salvaged. The rescued personnel pointed out to the Cambodian police that the fishing boat they were carrying broke down when it arrived in the western port waters. Two Cambodian crew members contacted their colleagues and were picked up by a speedboat, leaving them adrift at sea.
[P. According to the rescuers, the ship's crew set out from Guangzhou on September 11 and was in danger shortly after arriving in the waters of the West Port.
After receiving the report, the embassy in Cambodia attached great importance to it, immediately launched the emergency response mechanism and set up a special work team. Ambassador Wang Wentian immediately deployed and contacted the Ministry of National Defense, the General Police Office, the Sihanouk Provincial Government and other departments of Cambodia, and asked Cambodia to take saving people as the first priority and use all its strength and means to carry out search and rescue.
[P. At present, the search and rescue work is still continuing. In order to mobilize social forces to participate in the rescue, the Western Provincial Government issued a reward notice to fishermen in the nearby waters, with a reward of 500 dollars for each person rescued.
The video of the rescue scene shows that the bow of the fishing boat sank first, and dozens of people stood on the deck at the stern. As the ship sank, the people on board fell into the water one after another, and some people threw life buoys and life jackets at them at sea.
According to the Cambodian China Times, the place of the incident was the sea area near Bessaly Island and Tang Island. A rescued man surnamed Chen pointed out to the police that they set out from Guangzhou, China, on September 11 by boat, arrived in the international waters on September 17 and continued to sail by another fishing boat piloted by two Cambodian crew members. When they arrived in the western port waters on September 22, the fishing boat broke down, and the two Cambodian crew members were picked up by a speedboat after contacting their colleagues, leaving them adrift at sea.
At about 4:00 p.m. local time on the 22nd, after receiving the notification, the Sihanouk Provincial Marine Police went to the scene to rescue 18 people.
(Source: Jimu News)