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Detained North Korean fishermen arrive in Russia after shooting incident

By The Siberian Times reporter
17 October 2016

'Aggressive' crew resisted border patrol ship after being caught fishing illegally in Russian waters. 

Russian crew initially fired warning shots then opened fire in self defence. Picture: Vesti.ru 

One North Korean died and eight were wounded from small arms gunfire after the fisherman attacked Federal Security Service (FSB) patrol officers. The Russian crew initially fired warning shots then opened fire in self defence. 

One FSB serviceman suffered a head injury in the spat in Russian territorial waters.

After the tense Friday incident, the wounded arrived in the Russian port of Nakhodka on Monday 'where an investigation will be carried out'. A doctor on the Russian patrol ship provided 'medical care' to the wounded fishermen during the voyage to Primorsky region. 

Poacher's boat


Poacher's boat


Poacher's boat

FSB was forced to take responding to the aggressive behaviour by the fishermen on board  trawler Dae Yong No. 10 in the Russian economic exclusive zone in the Sea of Japan. Pictures: FSB, Vesti.ru 

There is 'no official confirmation' of the condition of the injured. The FSB said that 'the crew of the vessel behaved aggressively toward members of the boarding party' on a vessel with a North Korea crew of 48. 

'In order to prevent an attempt of a violent seizure of weapons and to protect Russia's FSB officers from the life-threatening attack by North Korean crew members, Russian FSB officers fired warning shots and then opened fire for effect from small arms,' said the statement. 'Nine crew members of the violator vessel were injured, one of them later died.'

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Map


Nakhodka

After the tense Friday incident, the wounded arrived in the Russian port of Nakhodka on Monday 'where an investigation will be carried out'. Pictures: The Siberian Times 

Reports said that some fishermen had tried to flee their vessel. 

The North Korean Consulate General in Vladivostok was informed about the use of weapons and measures the FSB was forced to take responding to the aggressive behaviour by the fishermen on board  trawler Dae Yong No. 10 in the Russian economic exclusive zone in the Sea of Japan.

Illegally caught fish was found on board the vessel. The North Korean trawler was also transported to a Russian port. 

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