• Short Summary

    In Singapore, a high-speed patrol boat was launched on Tuesday (13 May) to combat pirates preying on Vietnamese boat people in the Gulf of Thailand.

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    1.
    GV: Patrol boat berthed at pier
    3 ft

    2.
    SV: Thai Navy sailors on deck
    6 ft

    3.
    GV: UN/Thai officials at launching ceremony
    9 ft

    4.
    SV: UN Spokesman speaking to Thai officials
    14 ft

    5.
    GV: UNHCR officials talking to newsmen (2 shots)
    21 ft

    6.
    SV: Officials boarding the vessel
    28 ft

    7.
    SV: Sailor untire rope and cast off (3 shots)
    36 ft




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: In Singapore, a high-speed patrol boat was launched on Tuesday (13 May) to combat pirates preying on Vietnamese boat people in the Gulf of Thailand.

    The 26-ton vessel, donated by the United Nations, will be stationed at the Thai port of Songkhla and manned by a seven-man crew.

    The boat, equipped with powerful radar and radio networks, will be jointly operated by the Thai Government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to fight the pirates who have robed, raped and killed hundreds of Vietnamese refugees on the high seas.

    A UN spokesman said that United State has contributed US$100,000 and the UNHCR US$60,000 for the boat.

    Thai official said the navy would equip the vessel with machineguns and other weapons although the boat's main task would be surveillance.

    Thailand now had three patrol boats in the Gulf but they were to slow to be effective against the pirates' fast craft. Thailand also had been using a small aircraft for surveillance in the area, the official added.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8X36SZKXVUYU0REQSXA3F43H4
    Media URN:
    VLVA8X36SZKXVUYU0REQSXA3F43H4
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/05/1980
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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