Yacht Katalexa, 14 Jun detained by the DPRK, June 18, returned to Vladivostok, informs “VL news”.
Returned all three crew members. The sailors said that when they were 60 miles from the nearest coast of North Korea, approached the ship and the representatives of the DPRK in camouflage said that the Russian boat violated the border and entered the territorial waters.
The yacht was towed to Rason, and there the misunderstanding cleared up. When the issue of the detained vessel joined the Russian Consul, the crew rendered every assistance and sent home, providing food and water.
“We were detained a ship of the Navy – said the captain of the yacht Alexander Sidorenko. We did not understand at first, even scared of him. But the Koreans were polite, helpful, all good. The Russian Consul was all the time, helped us. Back went two days, I did not. Now go RAID”.
According to North Korean diplomats, local fishermen showed “excessive vigilance” in the framework of the campaign against poachers and reported the ship allegedly violating the border of North Korea, the border service. Later, North Korean authorities assured that “the incident is settled,” said TASS with reference to the Maritime rescue coordination centre of Vladivostok.
Yacht Katalexa was purchased by the owner abroad, and after completing all formalities, it will receive “registration” in the yacht club “Scarlet sails”.
About the detention of Russian ship returning to Vladivostok after two months of repairs in Japan, it was reported on 16 June. After the Korean side has confirmed the detention in the Russian Embassy in the DPRK, a headquarters was set up with a Counsellor Alexander Minaev, and Ambassador Alexander Matsegora was personally involved in all matters related to the yacht. In Rason went the Russian Consul General in Contine Yuri Bochkarev, he was assisted by the head operating in Rajin to the Russian company “Rasonkontrans” Ivan Subtle.