11 Vietnamese saved off El Salvador after 40 days adrift

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Thirteen Asians who spent 40 days adrift in the Pacific after their ship's engine broke down have been rescued by a Salvadoran trawler, immigration authorities said on Monday.

A statement from the General Directorate of Migration said they were 11 Vietnamese and two Indonesians.

They were spotted on Sept 3 by the fishing boat, and their ship was towed to waters near the Salvadoran port city of La Union where it arrived on Sunday, the directorate said.

The sailors were granted transit permission to travel to San Salvador airport to return home.

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