The World: Refugees: Seeking Safe Harbor

The 66 refugees had been adrift in the South China Sea for nearly a week. Their fragile little fishing boat was waterlogged. They were without food and water, and their clothes had been shredded by high winds. Ship after ship passed them by, ignoring their S O S's in violation of the most basic code of the sea. Then a Taiwan-bound Israeli freighter sighted the nearly naked passengers. Captain Meir Tadmor of the Yuvali telegraphed Haifa for permission to take them aboard, even though his ship carried only enough life rafts and jackets...

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