• Short Summary

    A US Navy frigate arrived in Hong Kong today (24 August) with 418 Vietnamese boat refugees.

  • Description

    1.
    SV HONG KONG POLICE LAUNCH CIRCLING USS FRIGATE WHIPPLE where crew MEMBERS AND REFUGEES ON DECK (2 SHOTS)
    9 ft

    2.
    CU ZOOM BACK SV STERN VIEW OF WHIPPLE AND US FLAG AND FERRY ANCHORED ALONGSIDE
    14 ft

    3.
    SV NAVAL PERSONNEL ASSIST REFUGEES IN BOARDING FERRY (2 SHOTS)
    30 ft

    4.
    SV CREW MEMBERS AND REFUGEES QUEUEING ON DECK FOR FERRY BOARDING
    39 ft

    5.
    SV NAVAL PERSONNEL ASSISTING MORE VIEW REFUGEES IN BOARDING FERRY
    47 ft

    6.
    SV REFUGEE ON FERRY WAVING HANDS
    50 ft

    7.
    SV AND GV FERRY BOAT LEAVING WITH REFUGEES AND CREW OF WHIPPLE WAVING GOODBYE (3 SHOTS)
    61 ft



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    Background: A US Navy frigate arrived in Hong Kong today (24 August) with 418 Vietnamese boat refugees.

    Its the largest single group to come to the colony since the end of the Indochina War in 1975.

    SYNOPSIS: Hong Kong marine police kept a careful watch as the USS Whipple anchored it itself in mid-harbour.

    The refugees, which outnumbered the Whipple's crew of 260 by nearly two to one, were saved two days ago in a dramatic rescue operation just before their fishing junk sank in the South China Sea.

    American Consular officials said the refugees, aged from one to 95, were winched aboard in heavy seas during a torrential downpour.

    Immigration and health officials spent over two hours processing the new arrivals before allowing them to board a special ferry taking them ashore.

    Because the Whipple was on a routine visit to Hong Kong, the authorities have agreed to grant the refugees three month temporary visas before they are re-settled elsewhere. The Colony's standby policy is to allow only those refugees picked up by vessels having Hong Kong as their first port of call.

    The frigate's arrival has stretched the colony's immigration department to the limit.

    Only hours before, a police launch picked up 157 other Vietnamese refugees who came in aboard a fishing boat.

    So far this year, nearly three thousand refugees from Vietnam have landed in Hong Kong.

    The Government, already grappling with an upsurge in immigrants from China, recently expressed concern over the number of Vietnamese refugees making their way to the colony.

    During their stay in Hong Kong, the refugees will be cared for by the United Nations High commission for Refugees.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1S6N3R34HTEK79M20USGTFB60
    Media URN:
    VLVA1S6N3R34HTEK79M20USGTFB60
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/08/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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