The Straits Times
Published on Sep 12, 2012

South Korea navy turns back North Korean fishing boats


SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea scrambled naval vessels on Wednesday after seven North Korean fishing boats violated their disputed Yellow Sea border, authorities said.

Seven North Korean boats were spotted operating illegally in South Korea-controlled waters near Yeonpyeong island, the defence ministry said.

"Our navy was put into position to take quick action," a ministry spokesman told AFP, adding that a patrol ship broadcast warning messages ordering the North Korean vessels to go back.

The North Korean boats crossed the border twice at 7.30am (6.30am Singapore time) and two hours later, but had all moved back into the North's waters by midday, he said.