More than 320 Vietnamese refugees were picked up in the South China Sea on Tuesday (28 October) by the American navy ship Sealift Arctic.
SV American ship tying up at Subic Bay in Philippines
GV Injured refugee being carried down gang plank (2 shots)
GV Marine escorting refugee from ship as others look on (2 shots)
GV Refugee children walk down gangway with other refugees on deck (2 shots)
GV People disembarking
GV Sailor with small child
GV Refugees receiving food (2 shots)
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Background: More than 320 Vietnamese refugees were picked up in the South China Sea on Tuesday (28 October) by the American navy ship Sealift Arctic.
SYNOPSIS: A spokesman for the American Seventh Fleet said the refugees were picked up some 250 miles (400 km) south of Ho Chi Minh City. They were taken to the American base at Subic Bay in the Philippines. The spokesman said the refugees had been at sea for eight days and some were in a bad condition.
Much of the refugees' voyage had been spent without food and water and many of tem were suffering from dehydration, exposure and chemical burns.
The Sealift Arctic is a bulk cargo carrier chartered by the American navy. She'd left Bahrain, called in at Singapore and was bound for Osaka when the boat people were sighted. Five of the refugees had to be taken to hospital as well as some children.
The following day, more Vietnamese refugees arrived in the Philippines. They'd been picked up by the American guided missile destroyer Parsons some 330+miles (530 km) from Vietnam. They had been at sea for a week and were in generally good condition. But the Parsons took them on board because of deteriorating weather conditions in the area and fears for the safety of their 40-foot (12 metre) boat.
The increasing flow of refugees from Indo China is worrying other Asian governments, many of whom believed that their refugee camps would have been long empty by now. But the flow of refugees landing in the Philippines, Malaysia, Hong Kong and other countries appears to be increasing.