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South Korea announces that a naval officer was found dead in the West Sea between the two Koreas

The South Korean Army announced today, Saturday, that it has found a navy officer dead after he went missing while working on a patrol boat off Baek Ryung Island, the western border with North Korea, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff stated that the chief noncommissioned officer disappeared around 10 pm on Friday, in the water Located in the south of the island in the West Sea, according to South Korean "Yonhap" news agency.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff added that after hours of searches, the authorities found the officer at about 10 am this morning, around the point where he disappeared, and he is being transferred to a port in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul where the leadership of the Second Fleet of the South Korean Navy is located. .

An officer in the Joint Chiefs of Staff said - according to the agency - that "the investigation is underway to find out the exact details while leaving all possibilities open ... The Navy will take the necessary measures." Earlier, the Joint Chiefs of Staff stated that it informed the relevant authorities through international lines of communication, including North Korea. Extensive searches were conducted to find the missing officer.

Yonhap reported that the incident brings to mind the September incident last year when a South Korean government official went missing near Yeonpyeong Island, the western border, and had lost his way to the North Korean side of the West Sea, and upon finding the official, North Korean forces shot On him to death.

The South Korean military was severely criticized for not communicating properly with North Korea on this issue, which could have prevented the tragedy.

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