The Straits Times
Published on Sep 21, 2012

S. Korea navy fires warning shots at North fishing boats


SEOUL (AFP) - The South Korean navy fired warning shots on Friday at half a dozen North Korean fishing vessels that crossed their disputed Yellow Sea border, the defence ministry said.

The six North Korean boats swiftly returned to their side of the western sea boundary after the incident, a ministry spokesman told AFP.

"Dozens of Vulcan machine gun rounds were fired into waters near North Korean fishing boats which violated the sea border," the spokesman said.

"The operation, involving two naval patrol ships, began around 3pm (2pm Singapore time) after our side broadcast warning messages. All North Korean boats had retreated by 4pm," he said.