Pictured: A small Chinese fishing boat in Jiangsu province
A Chinese fisherman was shot dead by South Korean coast guard officers this morning as he was fishing in the waters 144 kilometers west of South Korea’s North Jeolla province, Xinhua reported, citing Yonhap news agency.
The coast guard said the man’s 80-tonne fishing boat had entered South Korean waters illegally around 8:30 a.m. and they had attempted to apprehend it. Officers fired three blank bullets and then eight ammunitions with a K5 pistol after the fisherman allegedly resisted questioning.
The fisherman, surnamed Song, was sent to a hospital in Mokpo by helicopter but was confirmed dead along the way. Doctors said the left side of his stomach had been punctured and his lungs filled with blood. A 1.8 cm piece of bullet was found in his body.
The case is still under investigation.
Clashes between Chinese fishing boats and South Korea’s coastguard out of its western seas is fairly common, although today’s encounter was described by a coastguard official as “more serious than usual,” according to Reuters.
[Image Credit: Xinhua]