Japanese Patrol Boat Collides With North Korean Fishing Vessel

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: kyodo/Reuters

TOKYO—A Japanese Fisheries Agency patrol boat collided with a North Korean fishing boat in the Sea of Japan, throwing about 20 North Korean fishermen into the sea, according to the Japan Coast Guard.

Officials said the vessels collided shortly after 9 a.m. Monday about 215 miles northwest of Japan’s Noto Peninsula, in the country’s exclusive economic zone. Japan has been stepping up patrols to stop illegal fishing in the zone.

The Japan Coast Guard said it has sent patrol ships and aircraft to the site, and officials said rescue activities were under way. The status of the fishermen wasn’t immediately known.

A Japanese Fisheries Agency official said the Fisheries Agency patrol boat had sent a warning to the North Korean ship asking it to get out of the exclusive economic zone.

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