Words can’t explain my fear of the monstrous seas and the thought of dying at sea continually nags at me. The waves surge us up so rapidly only to send us violently crashing back down again. Each time the old girl creaks and shudders a little more. My stomach lurches with the motion. Like I am on a roller coaster or skydiving. As the waves come crashing down onto the decks, I feel that each one is the one that will swallow me into the depths of darkness.
The combination of fear, hunger and boredom is overwhelming. It causes me to think over everything. What does the future hold? Do I even have a future? Sometimes the unknown is even more frightening than the known. Most of this trip I have spent daydreaming, trying to pass the time. Was escaping and running away from my own country the right thing to do? Will it prove to be the best option? Should I have left Thanh, my partner in crime? Was it selfish of me? Is he alive or dead? Did he manage to escape at all? Or is he still suffering in that place that was so much like hell? Will the guards track me down? What will happen to me if I get...
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...ard once that “Positive things happen to positive people”.
Suddenly stunned. I stop. I am struck by something lurking around on the surface, now only five meters away. Could it be another survivor? Hopeful… I call out. No reply. Only one meter away… It continues to move steadily closer. Now I can see it. Those tiny yellow beady eyes, that thick long scaly body, the strong jaws and rows of piercing teeth. It’s a fierce-looking prehistoric creature that I had only ever seen in books. Snap!
“The Manh Me’ sank completely only 4 hours later. 1 survivor made it safely to shore in the crocodile infested waters of Sunshine Bay in the Northern Territory. He is being held in custody for questioning and will probably be sent back to Vietnam as soon as possible. The remnants of the criminal escapees and potential refugees have been collected for claiming by relatives.”
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