HOF073: Pham Thi Duyen
As a teacher in her late 20s from Saigon managing to travel in a boat out of Vietnam with 143 strangers, Pham Thi Duyen considered the fact that she survived nothing short of a miracle. She was on a horrific seven day trip at sea with many deadly incidents. She hopelessly watched a young girl next to her slowly die of thirst , and panickingly watched 5 young women abducted by Thai pirates.
She barely escaped being abducted when the helmsman gave her black engine oil to smear her face ,and a mother passed her toddler to her just in time. And finally, her boat encountered a British-flagged oil tanker. The Captain was firmly determined to send the refugees on their way with some supplies and navigational aid. In ultimate desperation, Duyen’s tearful good- bye won the Captain ‘s change of heart .His decision came miraculously in time. A powerful storm came moments after the refugees safely boarded the tanker , where they watched in horror the waves pick up and swallow their boat.