Burma Times Correspondent: May 16, 2015
Local fishermen in Aceh of Indonesia rescued a boat full of more than 700 migrants on Friday. Sources day that the ship was in danger of sinking and prompted locals and Indonesian authorities to aid them. Migrants are being given food and medical care on the island. Indonesian police says that Malaysia pushed the boat out of their borders sending them to peril.
Meanwhile Malaysia and Thailand sent relief to some of the ships stranded near their coasts. Refugees speaking over phone said that without the supplies, they would have starved on the ships. In one instance, passengers could be seen jumping into the sea to get relief supplies dropped from a Thai helicopter.
Some passengers are feared dead on ships from starvation.
South East Asian countries have been blasted by the UN and human rights agencies for not allowing migrants to land on their shores.