Written by DAP NEWS -- Thursday, 05 November 2009
(Posted by CAAI News Media)
After the Water Festival was finished the local authorities found a corpse flooding behind the Himawari Hotel in the Chaktomuk district of Phnom Penh, a police officer said on Wednesday.
During the second day of the Water Festival Ceremony on November 2, a Cambodian racing boat sank and racer was lost.
The local authority confirmed that the corpse found at the Himawari Hotel is the miing Cambodian racer from Kampong Cham province.
Li Thea, 43, a farmer from Koh Sotin district of Kampong Cham province, fell into the water at around 4pm.
Mam Leangyany, a cabinet chief, told DAP News Cambodia that the incident occurred when two boats crashed into one another. “Unfort-unately, the Boat No. 296 was sunk and one member fell into the water.”
The corpse was sent to Chak Ang Rel pagoda to be cremated with Buddhist rites. The boat which crashed into Boat No. 296, Boat No. 300, came from Svay Rieng, Leangyany added.
Water Festival usually sees at least one fatality by drowning among boat racers.