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Coast Guard rescues N. Korean in East Sea

All News 23:02 January 08, 2018

SEOUL, Jan. 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's coast guard rescued a North Korean boat carrying one crewman in the East Sea earlier in the day, the unification ministry said Monday.

An official from the Ministry of Unification said the coast guard found a small North Korean boat near Ulleung Island, 120 kilometers off the eastern coast, at 7:57 a.m. with one person aboard. The boat was abandoned at the scene.

The official said an investigation into the case is in progress, including whether the crewman sought defection to the South.

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