Ship Rescues 67 Vietnamese Refugees
MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ A ferry rescued 67 Vietnamese refugees from rough seas at the mouth of Manila Bay on Saturday, 22 days after the ″boat people″ said they fled Vietnam aboard a fishing boat, officials said.
″They were starved-looking,″ said Dr. Mario Enrile, a physician at a refugee transit center where the Vietnamese were taken by the Philippine Coast Guard hours after their rescue by the ferry Dona Virginia.
Enrile said the refugees, nearly half of them children, would be transferred after a week to a refugee camp on Palawan island, 250 miles southwest of Manila, to await resettlement in a third country.
Enrile said three Vietnamese had reportedly died during the journey.