The specially chartered rescue ship Can Anamour arrived in Singapore Harbour on June 15 with 283 Vietnamese refugees on board.
GV West German rescue ship Cap Anamour
GV Washing hanging from line on deck
GV Refugee children on deck (5 shots)
GV Refugee children with rescue worker and refugees (3 shots)
CU PULL BACK GV Refugee playing guitar
CU Crucifix round neck PULL BACK Refugee woman
SV Nurse Miss Carina Maria speaking
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MARIA: "We had one incident of priority in our voyage. It was a Vietnamese refugee boat having 16 passengers on board, ten children, two old men and two women. They had been leaving Vietnam and were sailing for four days when they were captured by pirates. They were robbed of all property like food, engine oil, fuel, and one of the woman, 20 years old, was raped in front of everyone (indistinct) in the refugee boat itself."
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Background: The specially chartered rescue ship Can Anamour arrived in Singapore Harbour on June 15 with 283 Vietnamese refugees on board. The West German vessel picked up 16 refugees after their boat had been attacked and one of the women raped by Thai fishermen. A further 105 had been sent back to sea earlier, after no country would accept them. They have been promised a home in the West German state of Niedersachsen. The refugees were nursed back to good health on the ship, but many were badly shaken by their ordeal at sea. The ship's nurse Miss Carina Maria said the boat people had been captured by pirates and robbed of their food and fuel before the rape took place. Ten thousand refugees have been rescued by the Cap Anamour so far.