Red Cross: 2 North Korean drifters repatriated

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Posted: Aug 18, 2011 3:19 AM
Red Cross: 2 North Korean drifters repatriated

South Korea's Red Cross says it has repatriated two North Koreans after their motorless fishing boat drifted south in strong currents earlier this week.

The Red Cross says the two men were fishing near the Yellow Sea boundary between the Koreas when their boat strayed south on Tuesday.

The Red Cross said Thursday the North Koreans wanted to go back home. The Red Cross often handles humanitarian issues with North Korea.

South Korea returned seven North Koreans after their fishing boats also strayed across the maritime line last week.

Tensions have been high in the area since a deadly North Korean artillery attack on a South Korean island last year.