At least 14 children die after ferry sinks in Cambodia’s Mekong River

The victims were aged 11 to 14 years. Two students and two adult boat operators survived, and rescue teams were still searching for one other student.

At least 14 children were killed when an overloaded ferry that was carrying them home from school sank in Cambodia’s Mekong river, authorities said on Friday.

Rescue teams were searching for one other student after the incident occurred on Thursday in Kandal province about 53 kilometres (33 miles) southeast of the capital Phnom Penh, provincial police chief Chhoeun Sochet said.

“This case is caused by the boat owner overloading the vessel, carelessness, and there were no life jackets for protection,” he said in a social media post.

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