March 04, 2021

Despite heavy security, North Korean man wearing swimming flippers enters South

The incident comes after South Korea’s military was put in the hot seat for failing to catch border crossings last year

A North Korean man crossed the inter-Korean border wearing swimming flippers and a diving suit, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said on Wednesday.

The man, who the JCS said is believed to have intentionally defected, was caught by the South Korean military on Tuesday morning after swimming southward in the East Sea. According to the JCS, the man likely emerged from the ocean near the Goseong Unification Observatory Tower in Gangwon province. The South Korean military believes that he then went under barbed wire and passed through a damaged drain pipe.