Phnom Penh (FN) Jan. 19 – Cambodian Embassy in Bangkok is in the process of claiming for compensation on behalf of the families of five Cambodian workers who died while working on Thai fishing boat in the Indian Sea, official said.

Chum Sounry, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Tuesday that five Cambodian workers died and 20 others were sick while fishing on the boat. Luckily, the 20 fishermen were rescued and received treatment in Thailand’s hospitals.

Of the five deceased, four were from Siem Reap province and the other one was from Svay Rieng province. Two of them were cremated in Bangkok by their families while families of the other three are yet to be identified by the Embassy, Sounry said and added that causes of the death and sickness remain to be determined by experts.

Thai media have reported that there were a total of 25 Cambodians and six Thais working on the boat fishing off in the Indian Ocean.