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Survivor's reunion with her hero a truly inspiring story

Editor's Viewpoint

Many people like stories with a positive ending, and few could be more positive than our report today on the meeting between former sea captain Healey Martin and Ann Bates, the young Vietnamese refugee he rescued, with many others, from the South China Sea some 40 years ago.

Ann travelled recently from London for an emotional meeting with Healey, now 79, in a Dungannon Nursing Home, and both were delighted.

Their story also illustrates the extreme courage and gratitude of ordinary people who become extraordinary in the most difficult of situations.

What a truly inspiring story this is.

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