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Chinese Fisherman Killed By South Korea's Coast Guard

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By Zachary Keck

October 10, 2014

A Chinese fisherman was killed on Friday during a scuffle with South Koreas Coast Guard.

According to early news reports, the incident took place 90 miles west of Wangdeung-do, an island off the coast of western South Korea. It began when South Korean Coast Guard ship discovered a Chinese boat which was captained by the fisherman who later died illegally fishing in South Korean waters.

The coast guard vessel tried to seize the 80-ton boat for fishing illegally, but soon found itself being surrounded by 4 Chinese fishing boats who arrived at the scene. A violent tussle then ensued between the fishermen and the South Korean Coast Guard vessel. Coast Guard officials told South Koreas Yonhap News Agency that the Chinese fishermen used homemade weapons to prevent the Coast Guard officers from boarding their ship. They also tried to strangle a Coast Guard officer, according to Yonhap.

At some point in the mayhem, a South Korean officer fired warning shots with a pistol, but inadvertently hit the captain of the boat which was illegally fishing. A helicopter lifted the wounded captain to a nearby hospital where he was ultimately pronounced dead.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson has already said that Beijing is deeply shocked and dissatisfied with the violent actions that resulted in the death. The spokesperson also suggested that budding Sino-South Korean relations would be imperiled if Seoul fails to deal with the issue in a serious and sincere and proper way. Chinas consulate general in Gwanju, a South Korean city, also told reporters that I heard of the incident this morning. It is really regrettable, and I am really sad.


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