Eighty-six North Vietnamese prisoners-of-war were released at sea by South Vietnam on Saturday (July 11).?
LV South Vietnamese Navy ship Vung Tau
MV Prisoners-of-war out of hold (2 shots)
SV South Vietnamese Security Police TILT DOWN Prisoners-of-war on deck (2 shots)
MV South Vietnamese Army officers
SLV Helicopter over
MV Prisoners of war taken into hold again.
MV South Vietnamese Security Police, German hospital ship in B/G.
LV INT Hold
SV Officers watch
MV Boat tying up at hold. Prisoners-of-war watch (4 shots)
MV P.O.W.s in life-jackets helped onto boats (4 shots)
BV S. Vietnamese sailor on deck
MV P.O.W.s in boat (3 shots) into sea.
TV P.O.W.s throw clothes given by S. Vietnamese into sea.
CU Clothes and baggage in sea.
SV Boats away.
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Background: Eighty-six North Vietnamese prisoners-of-war were released at sea by South Vietnam on Saturday (July 11). They were transferred from the South Vietnamese ship Vung Tau to Red Cross motor boats which took them to North Vietnam.
The release took place offshore form the 17th parallel which divides North and South Vietnam. The men, 62 disabled soldiers and 24 fishermen, were guarded on board by O.C.s.--the South Vietnamese Security Police.
The three motor boats which were to pick the prisoners up had difficulty in aligning themselves with the Vung Tau, because of the choppy seas. They eventually succeeded after six hours of trying, and the prisoners were helped into the boats, wearing life-jackets.
All the clothes and equipment given to them by the South Vietnamese when they left Saigon on Tuesday (7 July) were discarded in the sea as soon as they had cast off. They retained only their ragged clothes and the life-jackets. All three motor boats headed for the North Vietnamese shore near Cua Tung village about a mile (1.6 kms) north of the demilitarised zone.
The release was arranged between North and South Vietnam at talks in Paris on June 28 and a cease-fire in the immediate area was in force.
Major General Tran Van Trung, head of South Vietnam's Political Warfare Department, said earlier that if the release went according to plan, more prisoners would be freed. It is not known how many North Vietnamese soldiers are being held in the South.