North Korean Defects To South Using Diving Gear


A North Korean man last month used dive gear to defect to South Korea, according to news reports.

According to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff:

“The man likely swam across the maritime border, came ashore near an observatory south of South Korean general outposts [GOPs] and passed through a drainage channel under the fences lining the shore.”

Apparently the man’s dive suit wasn’t made of rubber, and it had a type of metal helmet that could be detached that North Korean fishermen use.

The South Korean media is calling the feat the “swimming defection.”

John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.