A large group of Vietnamese boatpeople have been rescued and taken to a city which is known for its boatpeople, but of a different sort.
GV Gondolas and motor boat on Venice canal.
GV Houses beside canal PAN TO gondolas with warships behind.
MV Refugees at side of ship waving.
CU Young refugee boy with sailor hat from ship Vittorio Veneto ZOOM OUT crowd of refugees with sailors.
CU Young refugees and elderly refugees. (2 SHOTS)
CU Refugee girl talking to man.
CU Children. (2 SHOTS)
CU Sailor holding small refugee child.
GV Deck of ship with refugees and sailors, with anal and Venice behind.
CU Refugees at ship's rail ZOOM TO crowd on shore.
MV Sailor consoling small crying child with another looking at the sailor's camera.
GV Ship, helicopter, refugees and sailors PAN TO Venice.
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Background: A large group of Vietnamese boatpeople have been rescued and taken to a city which is known for its boatpeople, but of a different sort. Three Italian warships brought the refugees to Venice, the city of canals and gondolas.
SYNOPSIS: The city built around a series of waterways, with its gondolas and motor launches, was the first experience for the refugees of the Italian mainland, which for many of them will be their new home.
The helicopter cruiser the Vittorio Veneto was one of three Italian naval ships that headed into the Venice lagoon after their 46-day mission to south-east Asia. They brought with them 896 Vietnamese picked from small boats. The refugees said they were relieved to be rescued after what they described as appalling experiences.
One of the Vietnamese said he was in a group who set sail after bribing Vietnamese officials with gold. They were robbed by Thai pirates, twice prevented from landing in Malaysia, and were hungry and thirsty when they were seen by an Italian helicopter patrol.
The refugees were warmly welcomed: a red carpet reception and a throng of cheering Venetians. Some of the 265 children remained difficult to ???, but others were fascinated by their new environment. They were all to go to four emergency camps, and some said they would later join relations in other countries.