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.”