Nearly 7,000 Vietnamese refugees in PhNom Penh on Monday (II May) boarded the flotilla of boats that had sailed up the Mekong River to take them home to South Vietnam.
LV South Vietnamese gunboat on river (3 shots)
GV refugees on river bank
GV PAN landing craft in river
SV Cambodian gunboat
GV PAN from ship docked to refugee camp on bank
SV PAN refugees with belongings in camp (3 shots)
SV soldier washes as bus departs with refugees (2 shots)
SV PAN refugees leave buses & walk to ship
SV refugees board ship (4 shots)
TV ships loaded with refugees in harbour.
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Background: Nearly 7,000 Vietnamese refugees in PhNom Penh on Monday (II May) boarded the flotilla of boats that had sailed up the Mekong River to take them home to South Vietnam.
The flotilla of nearly 30 boats, including landing craft, gunboats and hospital ships, moored opposite the Cambodian capital and refugees began coming aboard. The refugees, Vietnamese civilians feeling because of the fear of persecution in Cambodia, carried their few remaining possessions. Since the overthrow of the Sihanouk Government they had been living in refugee camps in the Phnom Penh area. On Wednesday, the boats were reported to be heading back to South Vietnam.
The flotilla of South Vietnamese boats was part of a large force, including United States boats, which had sailed up the Mekong on Saturday (9 May) to bolster forces attacking the Viet Cong held river ferry town of Neak Leung. The heavily armed American patrol boats did not sail on to Phnom Penh but stayed to support the South Vietnamese military operation in the ferry area.