N. Korean fishing boats drift over border, S. Korea says

By REUTERS
August 12, 2011 07:24

 
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SEOUL - South Korea's navy rescued three North Korean fishing boats and seven fishermen after the vessels drifted over a disputed border in the West Sea, a military official said on Friday.

Four men were plucked from two sinking boats south of the maritime border near the South Korean island of Baengnyeong on Thursday. The crew are currently being questioned, the official said.

A third vessel was found drifting in the same area later that day. Its three crew were sent back after being supplied with fuel.

Fishing boats from both sides frequently drift over the Northern Limit Line, which is difficult to pinpoint without sophisticated equipment.

The North does not recognize the boundary, arguing it was unilaterally drawn up the United States at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War and should be much further south.

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