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Reporter: The cold falls are great for fishing but also very dangerous as Sam Niang, a local fisherman, knows all too well.
Sam: The net is dangerous for me. If I throw it in the wrong way, I can die. I’m afraid the water will pull me in. There would be no one to help save me.
Reporter: Migrating fish get trapped here, waiting to get up the rapids. Sam Niang has to risk his life to catch them. He has a family of seven to feed. He starts by fishing from the riverside near his home. During the monsoon the Mekong swells to twenty times its normal volume, which brings more fish but makes them much harder to catch.
Sam: I’m afraid of slipping on the rocks after it’s rained. The rocks are covered in slime. You have to be careful when you walk.
Reporter: After a morning, his net is still empty. There is another option, an island out in the main rapids, but to get there Sam Niang must take his life into his hands. In the dry season he built a high wire across the rapids out of old cable and bits of rope.
Sam: I have to be careful on the wire. If I slip, I will die. I don’t want that for my children.
Reporter: At this time of the year, these rapids have nearly twice the flow of Niagara Falls, more than 11 million litres a second. He makes it to his favourite fishing perch. Turbulent currents corral the fish and Sam Niang soon lands his family’s supper.
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