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Boat capsize survivors get treatment

Wednesday, November 02, 2011 - 01:11

Nov. 2 - Asylum seekers receive treatment at an Indonesian hospital after the boat they were in capsizes off the coast of Java. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION PLEASE NOTE: THIS MATERIAL CONTAINS 4:3 MATERIAL Survivors of a wooden boat carrying asylum seekers that sank in Indonesian waters off Java received treatment at a Pangandaran community hospital on Wednesday (November 2). Police, quoted by Indonesian channel Metro TV, said the boat that sank in Tuesday (November 1) was carrying 70 people, mostly Iranian men, women, and children, enroute to Australia. Police said rescue teams had pulled eight bodies out of the water, including that of a nine-year-old boy, and rescued 48 others. Pangandaran community hospital told Metro TV, three children and 23 adults are being treated there. Police said the wooden boat overturned and sank after being hit by wind-induced waves. A rise in boat people traveling through Indonesian waters in a bid to reach Australia has created a political headache for the two countries' leaders. Asylum seekers from Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and elsewhere have long used Indonesia as a transit point on perilous journeys to destination countries.

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Boat capsize survivors get treatment

Wednesday, November 02, 2011 - 01:11