S. Korean Navy rescues N. Korean fishing boat

October 23, 2006 06:40

South Korea's navy rescued a small North Korean fishing boat from high waves Monday and will send the one-man crew home at his request, a military official said. The three-meter wooden boat was found drifting about 12.8 kilometers (eight miles) off South Korea's western Yeonpyong Island, near the disputed sea border with communist North Korea, said an official at the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The official said the North Korean man, in his late 40s, was being taken to Incheon, a port west of Seoul, for questioning and would be sent back to the North if his intention to return home is confirmed. While some North Koreans have defected by sea to the neighboring south, it is not unusual for the South Korean Navy to rescue North Korean fishing boats and return their crews home at their request.

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