N.Korean Fishing Boat Seized in West Sea

A South Korean naval patrol boat on Thursday seized a North Korean fishing boat that had strayed across the de facto maritime border.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff said the North Korean boat sailed about 1.8 km into South Korean waters east of Baeknyeong Island around 5:26 p.m. The South Korean patrol boat fired warning shots across the bow of the fishing boat after sending four warning messages. But the boat did not heed the warnings, so the patrol boat seized it around 8:00 p.m.

"We found that the fishing boat was adrift due to engine trouble," a Defense Ministry spokesman said. "The three crewmen showed no intention of defecting, so we sent them and the boat back to the North this morning."

englishnews@chosun.com / Mar. 28, 2014 12:52 KST