SYDNEY, Australia (Sept. 5)—The Wilhelmsen Tampa, a round-the-world rubber cargo ship, aided in the rescue of 438 Afghan refugees in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Australia. The refugees, who were fleeing Afghanistan's repressive Taliban regime, were adrift in a 20-meter boat when the Australian government asked the rubber liner to intervene, said a spokeswoman for the Wilhelmsen Cargo Lines. The Wilhelmsen Tampa, with only enough food and shelter for its crew of 27, could not continue on its journey with the refugees on board, and the Australian government refused to offer asylum, the spokeswoman added. But an Australian Navy troop ship accepted the refugees on board after several days, allowing the Wilhelmsen Tampa to continue to its next destination of Singapore. The spokeswoman said she had no further word on the refugees.
Rubber cargo ship aids in rescue of refugees
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