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3 N. Koreans defect to South through west coast

2016/08/23 18:23

SUWON, South Korea, Aug. 23 (Yonhap) -- Three North Koreans, found in waters off the west coast of Incheon, have defected to South Korea earlier this month, local authorities said Tuesday.

The defectors were rescued by the country's Coast Guard on Aug. 7 while aboard a fishing boat, according to the authorities.

The Coast Guard said all three immediately expressed their wish to defect to the South when they were approached at sea. The boat and crew were then brought into Incheon west of Seoul and handed over to local intelligence officials, it said.

The National Intelligence Service (NIS) is currently conducting an investigation to find out their exact reasons for defecting.

Officials did not release details about the crew but said the boat used was very small and that it set sail from North Pyongan Province.