08/14/2014 02:21 GMT
SEOUL, August 14, 2014 (AFP) - Two North Koreans swam across the sea border with South Korea on Thursday, Seoul's Unification Ministry said, in a rare maritime defection across the tense boundary.
Two men -- in their 20s and 50s -- swam across the Yellow Sea border to the South's island of Gyodongdo at around 4:00 am (1900 GMT Wednesday), where they were spotted by local marines.
"The marines found them coming across the border... and both expressed a desire to defect. They are believed to be a father and a son," the spokeswoman said