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A South Korean fishing boat operating in the East Sea is being towed to a port in the North by North Korean patrol forces after mistakenly crossing over the maritime border dividing the waters between the two countries, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.
The 29-ton squid fishing boat was likely operating with a malfunctioning GPS system before crossing into North Korean waters, Yonhap reported citing military officials.
The South's Navy requested that the boat be sent back to the South, but the North has not responded yet. An unnamed government official said there are expected to be roughly four or five fishermen on the boat, according to Yonhap.
South Korean vessels on two occasions in 2005 and 2006 had crossed into North Korean waters but were sent back.