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Two North Koreans swim across sea border to South Korea: Report

Published on Aug 14, 2014 10:13 AM

SEOUL (AFP) - Two North Koreans swam across the sea border with South Korea on Thursday, Seoul's Unification Ministry said, in a rare maritime defection across the tense boundary.

Two men - in their 20s and 50s - swam across the Yellow Sea border to the South's island of Gyodongdo at around 4.00 am (1900 GMT Wednesday), where they were spotted by local marines.

"The marines found them coming across the border... and both expressed a desire to defect. They are believed to be a father and a son," the spokesman said. "They are being interrogated as part of a normal process for defectors," she added.

The heavily fortified island is about 2.5 kilometres away from the closest North Korean shore. It is rare for defectors to try and swim over the border, although it was not immediately clear how far the two men had come.

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