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Navy Ship Rescues 50 Vietnam Refugees

October 19, 1990| United Press International

MANILA — A U.S. Navy ship on routine duty rescued 50 Vietnamese refugees aboard a crippled wooden boat in the South China Sea, a Navy spokesman said Thursday.

Lt. Lee Saunders of the 7th Fleet said the guided missile frigate Curts took in the refugees Tuesday, 350 miles off the Philippine coast, after determining their wooden boat was "unseaworthy, overcrowded and unable to navigate."

The refugees, 34 men and 16 women, said they had been at sea for 10 days.

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