• Short Summary

    An armed flotilla of South Vietnamese naval vessels steamed up the Mekong River and into Cambodia on Saturday (May 9).

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    MV Gun goats and bigger ships on Mekong
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    MV landing craft full of refugees
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    TV refugees boarding landing craft
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    MV & CU refugees getting into boat with possessions (3 shots)
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    MV woman pulling boat with possessions
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    TV refugees with bicycle, possessions and livestock
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    CU pet monkey on board
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    TV refugees on ship
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    TV refugees boarding (4 shots)
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    CU man tying rope onto landing craft to pull villagers boats behind
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    MV villagers boats being pulled
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    CY boy on ship
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    MV boats behind landing craft
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    TV villagers wading out to boat with possessions, being helped by police (2 shots)
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    MV Vietnamese Naval officer on board, refugees on ship in B/G
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    MV ship past with refugees
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    Initials AH/VS/CT/BJ



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: An armed flotilla of South Vietnamese naval vessels steamed up the Mekong River and into Cambodia on Saturday (May 9). Its mission - to evacuate Vietnamese threatened by the current. Cambodian purge and to bring relief supplies to those Vietnamese who refuse to leave their homes.

    Minesweepers and river patrol boats led the flotilla up the Mekong. A couple of hospital ships and numerous landing craft spearheaded the evacuation.

    These ships were part of a combined force of about 140 South Vietnamese and United States craft which began the sweep up the Mekong. One part of the task force yesterday (Sunday) helped recapture the strategic Neak Leung ferry from the North Vietnamese, re-opening the highway link between Phnom Penh and Saigon.

    Vietnamese military sources said that about 3,000 Vietnamese living along the Mekong south of the ferry had asked to be repatriated.

    While 30 American patrol boats guarded the Neak Leung ferry, the South Vietnamese ships continued their sweep up the Mekong and were today reported to have reached Phnom Penh.

    An official Saigon delegation was already in Phnom Penh discussing the repatriation of Vietnamese from Cambodia. The talks marked the first official contact between the countries since 1963.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1WE718E47UJFWYRDFDJFQVC1P
    Media URN:
    VLVA1WE718E47UJFWYRDFDJFQVC1P
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/05/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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