Boaters Die in Lightning Strike

Six people were killed Monday night when lightning struck their boat near the Cambodia-Japan Friend­ship Bridge, according to police and eye witnesses.

The six victims, four women and two young boys from Kam­pot province, were crossing the Tonle Sap river by boat from Phnom Penh to Chroy Changvar village at 8:15 pm during a rain storm, Russei Keo Police Chief Tim Prosar said. After the lightning struck the boat, the driver swam to safety, but later fled to Vietnam, villagers said Wednes­day.

Relatives of the victims in the village recovered the four wo­men’s bodies Tuesday morning, witnesses from the village said. Police found the two boys’ re­mains Wednesday morning, ac­cording to Tim Prosar.

Witnesses said three of corpses had heavy burn marks, but the others appeared to have died from drowning.

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