Illegal fisherman from China shot dead while threatening South Korean Coast Guard

China News

South Korean coastguards search Chinese fishermen vessels during a crackdown on their alleged illegal fishing in South Korean waters in November 2011 South Korean coastguards search Chinese fishermen vessels during a crackdown on their alleged illegal fishing in South Korean waters in November 2011

The captain of a Chinese fishing boat was killed on Friday when the South Korean Coast Guard fired shots as officers tried to impound a vessel they said was illegally fishing in South Korean waters.

A coast guard official said the captain appeared to have been struck when an officer fired warning shots from a pistol during a violent clash between South Korean officers who boarded the ship and the crews of the boat and four other vessels that joined in the fight.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because there had been no official government announcement about the cause of the captain’s death.

The fishermen were brandishing broken beer bottles and knives, according to Choi Chang-sam, the head of the Mokpo Coast Guard Station, and…

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