More than 700 migrants who were stranded on a boat in south-east Asian seas after being turned away by Thailand and Malaysia have been rescued.
The migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh were brought ashore to the east coast of Aceh on Indonesia's island of Sumatra this morning, a search and rescue official said.
"The latest information we have is about 794 people were found in the middle of the sea and brought ashore by fishermen at 5am," Khairul Nova, the official in the town of Langsa in Aceh, said.
"They are now in a warehouse by the port as a temporary arrangement," Nova added.
Thousands of migrants are stranded on similar boats in Southeast Asian seas as governments in the region seek to prevent them from landing, despite a UN request to rescue them.
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