North Korean ship detained off Kerala coast

PTI News
4 October 2009

Kozhikode (Ker), Oct 4 (PTI) A North Korean ship, sailing from Colombo to a Pakistani port, has been detained by the Coast Guard and the Navy after it was found anchored in Indian territorial waters off Vatakara coast without mandatory permission.

The ship, ‘Hyang Ro’, was detained on Friday after it was found anchored in suspicious circumstances about 35 kms off Vatakara coast, a Coastguard Commandant at Beypore, near here, said.

All its 44 crew, who were North Koreans, are being questioned, Commandant Sri Kumar said.

Navy PRO in Kochi, Commander Roy Francis, said, “The vessel had entered Indian waters without mandatory clearances from the authorities. They (crew members) stated that they had anchored there because of an internal leak in a tank. We are investigating”.

A senior Coastguard official in Kozhikode told PTI, “The ship has been surrounded and detained by two Coastguard ships and a Navy vessel.

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