Indonesia Saves 100 Rohingya Off The Sumatra Coast

Published June 29th, 2020 - 06:13 GMT

Nearly 100 Rohingya from Myanmar, including 30 children, have been rescued from a rickety wooden boat off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island, a maritime official said Wednesday.

Images shot from Indonesian rescue boats showed dozens of children and adults, many weeping, after they had been plucked from their vessel by local fishermen, according to AFP.

"The boat with Rohingya onboard was broken and floating in the middle of the sea when the fishermen found them," said Mr Muhammad Nasir, head of the maritime authority in Sumatra's northernmost Aceh province.

They had gone without food for several days, officials said.

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A Rohingya woman from Myanmar goes through an identification procedure by Indonesian police at the immigration detention centre in Lhokseumawe in Indonesia's North Aceh Regency on June 26, 2020. Nearly 100 Rohingya asylum seekers stranded off the coast of Indonesia were pulled to shore on June 25 by locals angered at the refusal of authorities to give them shelter over coronavirus fears. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP

A Rohingya woman from Myanmar goes through an identification procedure by Indonesian police at the immigration detention centre in Lhokseumawe in Indonesia's North Aceh Regency on June 26, 2020. Nearly 100 Rohingya asylum seekers stranded off the coast of Indonesia were pulled to shore on June 25 by locals angered at the refusal of authorities to give them shelter over coronavirus fears. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP

Rohingya woman from Myanmar queue up as they go through identification procedures by Indonesian police at the immigration detention centre in Lhokseumawe in Indonesia's North Aceh Regency on June 26, 2020. Nearly 100 Rohingya asylum seekers stranded off the coast of Indonesia were pulled to shore on June 25 by locals angered at the refusal of authorities to give them shelter over coronavirus fears. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP

Rohingya woman from Myanmar queue up as they go through identification procedures by Indonesian police at the immigration detention centre in Lhokseumawe in Indonesia's North Aceh Regency on June 26, 2020. Nearly 100 Rohingya asylum seekers stranded off the coast of Indonesia were pulled to shore on June 25 by locals angered at the refusal of authorities to give them shelter over coronavirus fears. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP

A Rohingya man from Myanmar hugs an Indonesian officer after being evacuated from a boat onto the shorelines of Lancok village, in Indonesia's North Aceh Regency on June 25, 2020. Nearly 100 Rohingya from Myanmar, including 30 children, have been rescued from a rickety wooden boat off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island, a maritime official said. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP

A Rohingya man from Myanmar hugs an Indonesian officer after being evacuated from a boat onto the shorelines of Lancok village, in Indonesia's North Aceh Regency on June 25, 2020. Nearly 100 Rohingya from Myanmar, including 30 children, have been rescued from a rickety wooden boat off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island, a maritime official said. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP

The rescued Rohingya were given temporary shelter in people's homes after they were brought ashore [Chaideer Amhyuddin/AFP]

The rescued Rohingya were given temporary shelter in people's homes after they were brought ashore [Chaideer Amhyuddin/AFP]

Rohingya people from Myanmar wait for aid at the immigration detention centre in Lhokseumawe in Indonesia's North Aceh Regency on June 26, 2020. Nearly 100 Rohingya asylum seekers stranded off the coast of Indonesia were pulled to shore on June 25 by locals angered at the refusal of authorities to give them shelter over coronavirus fears. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP

Rohingya people from Myanmar wait for aid at the immigration detention centre in Lhokseumawe in Indonesia's North Aceh Regency on June 26, 2020. Nearly 100 Rohingya asylum seekers stranded off the coast of Indonesia were pulled to shore on June 25 by locals angered at the refusal of authorities to give them shelter over coronavirus fears. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP

A Rohingya from Myanmar gets her identification photograph taken by Indonesian police at the immigration detention centre in Lhokseumawe, in Indonesia's North Aceh Regency. (AFP Photo)

A Rohingya from Myanmar gets her identification photograph taken by Indonesian police at the immigration detention centre in Lhokseumawe, in Indonesia's North Aceh Regency. (AFP Photo)

Acehnesse fishermen help evacuate Rohingya children from Myanmar onto the shorelines of Lancok village, in Indonesia's North Aceh Regency on June 25, 2020. - Nearly 100 Rohingya from Myanmar, including 30 children, have been rescued from a rickety wooden boat off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island, a maritime official said. (Photo by CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP)

Acehnesse fishermen help evacuate Rohingya children from Myanmar onto the shorelines of Lancok village, in Indonesia's North Aceh Regency on June 25, 2020. - Nearly 100 Rohingya from Myanmar, including 30 children, have been rescued from a rickety wooden boat off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island, a maritime official said. (Photo by CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP)

Fishermen helping Rohingya onto the beach at Lancok village in North Aceh Regency. AFP

Fishermen helping Rohingya onto the beach at Lancok village in North Aceh Regency. AFP

A Rohingya woman from Myanmar goes through an identification procedure by Indonesian police at the immigration detention centre in Lhokseumawe in Indonesia's North Aceh Regency on June 26, 2020. Nearly 100 Rohingya asylum seekers stranded off the coast of Indonesia were pulled to shore on June 25 by locals angered at the refusal of authorities to give them shelter over coronavirus fears. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP
Rohingya woman from Myanmar queue up as they go through identification procedures by Indonesian police at the immigration detention centre in Lhokseumawe in Indonesia's North Aceh Regency on June 26, 2020. Nearly 100 Rohingya asylum seekers stranded off the coast of Indonesia were pulled to shore on June 25 by locals angered at the refusal of authorities to give them shelter over coronavirus fears. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP
A Rohingya man from Myanmar hugs an Indonesian officer after being evacuated from a boat onto the shorelines of Lancok village, in Indonesia's North Aceh Regency on June 25, 2020. Nearly 100 Rohingya from Myanmar, including 30 children, have been rescued from a rickety wooden boat off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island, a maritime official said. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP
The rescued Rohingya were given temporary shelter in people's homes after they were brought ashore [Chaideer Amhyuddin/AFP]
Rohingya people from Myanmar wait for aid at the immigration detention centre in Lhokseumawe in Indonesia's North Aceh Regency on June 26, 2020. Nearly 100 Rohingya asylum seekers stranded off the coast of Indonesia were pulled to shore on June 25 by locals angered at the refusal of authorities to give them shelter over coronavirus fears. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP
A Rohingya from Myanmar gets her identification photograph taken by Indonesian police at the immigration detention centre in Lhokseumawe, in Indonesia's North Aceh Regency. (AFP Photo)
Acehnesse fishermen help evacuate Rohingya children from Myanmar onto the shorelines of Lancok village, in Indonesia's North Aceh Regency on June 25, 2020. - Nearly 100 Rohingya from Myanmar, including 30 children, have been rescued from a rickety wooden boat off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island, a maritime official said. (Photo by CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP)
Fishermen helping Rohingya onto the beach at Lancok village in North Aceh Regency. AFP
A Rohingya woman from Myanmar goes through an identification procedure by Indonesian police at the immigration detention centre in Lhokseumawe in Indonesia's North Aceh Regency on June 26, 2020. Nearly 100 Rohingya asylum seekers stranded off the coast of Indonesia were pulled to shore on June 25 by locals angered at the refusal of authorities to give them shelter over coronavirus fears. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP
A Rohingya woman from Myanmar goes through an identification procedure by Indonesian police at the immigration detention centre in Lhokseumawe in Indonesia's North Aceh Regency on June 26, 2020. Nearly 100 Rohingya asylum seekers stranded off the coast of Indonesia were pulled to shore on June 25 by locals angered at the refusal of authorities to give them shelter over coronavirus fears. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP
Rohingya woman from Myanmar queue up as they go through identification procedures by Indonesian police at the immigration detention centre in Lhokseumawe in Indonesia's North Aceh Regency on June 26, 2020. Nearly 100 Rohingya asylum seekers stranded off the coast of Indonesia were pulled to shore on June 25 by locals angered at the refusal of authorities to give them shelter over coronavirus fears. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP
Rohingya woman from Myanmar queue up as they go through identification procedures by Indonesian police at the immigration detention centre in Lhokseumawe in Indonesia's North Aceh Regency on June 26, 2020. Nearly 100 Rohingya asylum seekers stranded off the coast of Indonesia were pulled to shore on June 25 by locals angered at the refusal of authorities to give them shelter over coronavirus fears. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP
A Rohingya man from Myanmar hugs an Indonesian officer after being evacuated from a boat onto the shorelines of Lancok village, in Indonesia's North Aceh Regency on June 25, 2020. Nearly 100 Rohingya from Myanmar, including 30 children, have been rescued from a rickety wooden boat off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island, a maritime official said. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP
A Rohingya man from Myanmar hugs an Indonesian officer after being evacuated from a boat onto the shorelines of Lancok village, in Indonesia's North Aceh Regency on June 25, 2020. Nearly 100 Rohingya from Myanmar, including 30 children, have been rescued from a rickety wooden boat off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island, a maritime official said. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP
The rescued Rohingya were given temporary shelter in people's homes after they were brought ashore [Chaideer Amhyuddin/AFP]
The rescued Rohingya were given temporary shelter in people's homes after they were brought ashore [Chaideer Amhyuddin/AFP]
Rohingya people from Myanmar wait for aid at the immigration detention centre in Lhokseumawe in Indonesia's North Aceh Regency on June 26, 2020. Nearly 100 Rohingya asylum seekers stranded off the coast of Indonesia were pulled to shore on June 25 by locals angered at the refusal of authorities to give them shelter over coronavirus fears. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP
Rohingya people from Myanmar wait for aid at the immigration detention centre in Lhokseumawe in Indonesia's North Aceh Regency on June 26, 2020. Nearly 100 Rohingya asylum seekers stranded off the coast of Indonesia were pulled to shore on June 25 by locals angered at the refusal of authorities to give them shelter over coronavirus fears. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP
A Rohingya from Myanmar gets her identification photograph taken by Indonesian police at the immigration detention centre in Lhokseumawe, in Indonesia's North Aceh Regency. (AFP Photo)
A Rohingya from Myanmar gets her identification photograph taken by Indonesian police at the immigration detention centre in Lhokseumawe, in Indonesia's North Aceh Regency. (AFP Photo)
Acehnesse fishermen help evacuate Rohingya children from Myanmar onto the shorelines of Lancok village, in Indonesia's North Aceh Regency on June 25, 2020. - Nearly 100 Rohingya from Myanmar, including 30 children, have been rescued from a rickety wooden boat off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island, a maritime official said. (Photo by CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP)
Acehnesse fishermen help evacuate Rohingya children from Myanmar onto the shorelines of Lancok village, in Indonesia's North Aceh Regency on June 25, 2020. - Nearly 100 Rohingya from Myanmar, including 30 children, have been rescued from a rickety wooden boat off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island, a maritime official said. (Photo by CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP)
Fishermen helping Rohingya onto the beach at Lancok village in North Aceh Regency. AFP
Fishermen helping Rohingya onto the beach at Lancok village in North Aceh Regency. AFP