SKorean coast guard confronts Chinese fishing boat

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Posted: Mar 03, 2011 9:30 PM
SKorean coast guard confronts Chinese fishing boat

South Korea's coast guard says a Chinese fisherman and a South Korean coast guard officer are being treated at a hospital after a confrontation off South Korea's west coast over illegal fishing.

The coast guard said Friday that it detained a Chinese fishing boat Thursday afternoon within South Korea's exclusive economic zone in the Yellow Sea.

Officials say the Chinese crew wielded axes and hammers when the coast guard tried to inspect the boat, injuring one South Korean officer. The South Koreans opened fire, injuring a Chinese crewman in the thigh.

The coast guard arrested all 10 crewmen on the Chinese boat. They were bringing the Chinese boat to Taean port on South Korea's west coast Friday.