|Part of the sunken timber found in Quang Nam Province. — Photo VnExpress.net
QUANG NAM (VNS) — Quang Nam Province's economic police and the Hiep Duc District forest management force yesterday salvaged a large quantity of timber that had been submerged by loggers in the Tranh River.
Earlier, on receiving reports from local residents, police and rangers discovered that timber of unclear origin had been hidden in the river in the central province.
They went along the river to check and discovered three areas where a large quantity of timber had been collected on either side of the river.
A day later, they could salvage just 7cu.m of timber because of the depth of the river, a police official said.
Some illegal loggers used motorboats to drag the timber to the middle of the river where they dropped the load and fled, Dang Van Tien, deputy head of district's forest management office, said.
The sunken timber was expected to be dozens of cubic metres in volume, about a quarter of which had been retrieved, Tien said.
He said the timber was from Phuoc Son District.
Taking advantage of the water from the hydroelectric power plant, loggers had illegally transported wood to the river for sale.
The incident is under further investigation.
Last September, rangers in Nong Son District had discovered a large number of precious timber hidden in streams. — VNS