North Korean border guards detained Xianhailing-8, the Russian fishing vessel, claiming that the ship crossed the border illegally. 15 Russian and two North Korean sailors have been kept on the ship for a week now; the information about the incident appeared just recently. Viktor Sedler, the chief of Northeastern fishing company that owns the vessel told that to RBC news agency.
Sedler said that the detention took place in the small hours of July 17. The crew were on a fishing ride and stopped 53 miles away from the coast. The North Korean side considered it a violation of its maritime borders - despite the fact that the UN Convention for the Maritime Law sets the territorial waters range of 12 miles off the coast.
"For some reason, Koreans decided that 50 miles would be the zone of their military guard, though it's not recognized by any international institution. They told us so at the Embassy", the company's representative said.
Sedler and his colleague reported that they lost communication with the vessel on July 16. For two days straight, they thought that the ship was merely in the drift zone. When the vessel re-emerged on the radars and began to move towards North Korea, the Russian side realized the crew had been captured.
The sailors remain on board of the vessel; they are searched and interrogated.