The three hundred and forty-six Vietnamese refugees whom a British ship, Wellpark, plucked from their sinking boats in the South China Seas recently are now safely in London.
GV & SV British ship, 'Wellpark' docked in harbour. (3 SHOTS)
SV Canvas awnings shading refugees on deck. (2 SHOTS)
SV Refugee children.
SCU & SV INT Crewmen teaching young refuge to play darts. (2 SHOTS)
SV Refugee hands over "thank you" document to ship's Captain, Hector Connell.
SV & CUs Inscribed sextant being presented to Captain. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: The three hundred and forty-six Vietnamese refugees whom a British ship, Wellpark, plucked from their sinking boats in the South China Seas recently are now safely in London. Before they left the ship, they presented the ship's master, Captain Hector Connell, with an address and the sextant from their boat.
SYNOPSIS: Protective awnings made the Wellpark look like an exotic cruise ship. The children now look relaxed after their ordeal. These Vietnamese, fleeing from the Communists, had plotted for almost two years to escape, but their boat was floundering in near-typhoon conditions when the British ship rescued them.
The refugees, now in London, are temporarily in an army barracks until permanent homes can be found. United Nations High Commissioner Poul Hartling has appealed to governments to give firm pledges of asylum for Indochinese refugees. All but nineteen thousand of the fifty-five thousand boat people have been resettled, but many small boats are being passed by.
Presenting Captain Connell with their sextant, the refugees expressed their gratitude, saying they had been given the kindest and most generous hospitality they had ever known at a time when they had lost all hope of survival.