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Boat found abandoned on west coast beach, illegal entry suspected

All News 15:16 May 24, 2020

TAEAN, South Korea, May 24 (Yonhap) -- A small boat presumed to have been used by illegal immigrants from China was found abandoned on a beach on the west coast, police said Sunday.

Police and the military are tracing those who were on board after checking nearby CCTV footage that showed six people leaving the boat on the beach in the western coastal city of Taean, they said.

A local resident called the police Saturday after seeing the boat remaining unattended for three days.

The boat did not have a registered serial number and had an engine that is not distributed in South Korea. Inside the boat were clothes, leftover food and some items that appeared to have been made in China, police said.

A police officer said they are looking into the matter while weighing the possibility of an illegal entry of Chinese nationals.

"We cannot give further details as the investigation is ongoing," the officer said.

This photo, provided by a Yonhap reader, shows a boat abandoned at a beach in the coastal city of Taean. Police said on May 24, 2020, the illegal entry of Chinese is suspected. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


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