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VLADIVOSTOK, October 20 (Itar-Tass) — A North Korean fisherman, who was saved by Russian sailors from the Director refrigerator vessel, has been turned over to a North Korean patrol ship, the chief of the Vladivostok rescue centre, Alexander Gorkovenko, told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
According to Gorkovenko, the man was turned over at 11:10 a.m. local time (04:10 a.m. Moscow time). After that, the Director ship (with its home port in Vladivostok) proceeded to its destination port of Pusan in South Korea.
According to earlier reports, on Wednesday, October 19, some 150 nautical miles south of the Russian city of Vladivostok, Russian seamen caught sight of an overturned boat with a man balancing on top of it. They took the man aboard. The saved fisherman said his boat had been overturned by a wave from a motor ship. There were another man in the ill-fortunate boat but he did not survive.
The incident was reported to the North Korean authorities, which sent a patrol ship to take the man.