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CHELSEA (CBS) – It’s a story of salvation and gratitude.
A Chelsea man who made a harrowing escape from Vietnam 21 years ago is about to fulfill a dream.
Thao Le was just a toddler when the war ended. His father had worked with the Americans and had a tough time in the aftermath.
His family wanted out of Vietnam, but it wasn’t until 1991 that Thao took a chance, boarding a tiny, wooden boat with 22 others, hoping to get to the Philippines. But, a few days out, disaster struck.
“We hit a storm,” he says. “You’re looking up there and you can see the waves up there, a hundred feet up there.”
The boat was heavily damaged and leaking. The engines were out and most of their food and fresh water were swept away.
“I’m thinking, I’m ready to go, to die,” says…
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