HANOI: Seven bodies have been found washed ashore on a beach in southern Vietnam, authorities said on Friday (Sep 30), a week after a boat with more than 40 people on board sank off the neighbouring Cambodian coastal town of Sihanoukville.
The bodies found on a beach on Phu Quoc island, which straddles the border area between the countries, Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security said in a news release. Two of the bodies were carrying Chinese papers in their pockets, it said.
Cambodian authorities said that the boat sank early on Thursday last week, with 30 survivors rescued by Cambodian and Vietnamese authorities.
“The bodies found were suspected to be related to the sunken boat,” the ministry said.
Cambodia is a popular destinations for tourists and business people from China, but many Chinese have been unable to travel in the past few years because of China’s COVID-19 restrictions.
One of the survivors, 27-year-old Chengui Sheng from China’s Fujian province, last week told Cambodian authorities that the boat had been carrying 41 people.