December 05, 2023

South Korean navy assists North Korean boat stranded north of maritime border

ROK says navy provided food and water to crew who wished to return to DPRK before North Korea towed vessel back

The South Korean military crossed over to the northern side of the inter-Korean maritime border to help rescue a stranded North Korean vessel, Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said Sunday.

JCS later added that DPRK authorities towed the boat back to North Korea in accordance with the crews’ wishes to return home, hours after a South Korean navy vessel reportedly made the rare move to cross the maritime border to assist the stranded vessel.