September 08, 2010 10:17
The South Korean fishing boat Daeseung and its crew, who were captured by North Korea in the northern East Sea on Aug. 8, returned safely on Tuesday.
The trawler and its seven crew including captain Kim Chil-yi (58) were met by a Sokcho coast guard vessel which had been waiting near the Northern Limit Line in the East Sea in the afternoon and they returned to Sokcho Port around 8:45 p.m.
Kim, three other South Korean crew and three Chinese crew looked thin but relatively healthy.
Kim said, "We are sorry for having caused the trouble, but thankful for people's concerns for us." He added the crew will reveal the whole story of their capture to investigating authorities.
The Daeseung sailed under its own steam, accompanied as far as the Northern Limit Line, the de facto sea border, by a North Korean patrol boat.
The trawler had been captured while catching squid in the Daehwatoe fishing grounds in the East Sea.
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