North Korean sent home after being rescued

James Oh, Aug. 11, 2017, 9:43 a.m.

A North Korean man was handed over to his country on Friday after South Korea rescued him when he accidentally drifted across the de facto sea border last week, the Ministry of Unification said. The man in his 30s was sent back through the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom. During the handover, the North Korean side did not show any special reaction, according to the ministry.

He was rescued on Sunday near Daecheongdo, a South Korean front-line island along the sea border in the Yellow Sea.

In the following investigation, he said he was picking clams on the North Korean western coast near the border when he was accidentally swept into the South Korean waters. He expressed hope to return home.

Seoul initially tried to notify North Korea of the repatriation through their direct line, but did so through the South Korea-based United Nations Command on Thursday after its first call was not returned, it said.

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