TEL AVIV (Aug. 30)
An Israeli merchant vessel rescued 41 Vietnamese refugees in the South China Sea today after their boat sank in a storm, Israel Radio reported. The Israeli container ship, Zim Sydney, responded to a message by an American plane which spotted the refugees in a life boat, according to the report. After rescuing the refugees the Israeli vessel continued on its trip to Singapore. Israel has taken in about 200 Vietnamese refugees as permanent residents over the past two years.