|A file photo taken on February 19, 2018 shows the east coast near the inter-Korean border in Goseong, Gangwon Province.(File photo by=AP/Jae C. Hong)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] A North Korean man was caught on military surveillance cameras along the east coast 10 times after he swam ashore in the South last week, but soldiers failed to notice eight of them even after alarm bells rang, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said Tuesday.
The announcement was a key point of the results of the JCS' weeklong probe into the Feb. 16 incident. The North Korean man was ultimately captured more than six hours later inside a restricted area north of the Civilian Control Line in the eastern border town of Goseong. "Service members in charge of the guard duty failed to abide by due procedures and failed to detect the unidentified man," a JCS official said. In the wake of the security lapse, the JCS vowed to strive to tighten discipline and supplement the surveillance system along the border.
The JCS refused to reveal his identification but added that he is a civilian, in his 20s, working in the fishing industry and "quite familiar" with the sea. No evidence of espionage has been found so far. He has expressed his desire to defect. According to the probe, the man is believed to have swum in the East Sea overnight wearing a hard-hat diving suit.