North Korean Ex-Gymnast Jumps Security Fence To Get Into South Korea
As you're probably aware, crossing the border between North and South Korea is not to be taken lightly.
It's patrolled by armed guards, watched over by surveillance cameras, and protected by two million mines and unfathomable amounts of barbed wire.
However, this man - who is believed to be in his 20s - somehow managed to vault the fence and defect into the Republic of Korea.
The fence that he took on was three metres tall, according to reports in The Korea Herald, and was apparently asked to recreate his intrepid escape by disbelieving officials from South Korea in order to prove that he actually did it.
The man is thought to have been successful in his daring bid because of his small stature and background in the sport of gymnastics.
Apparently, the fences the man crossed over were pressed down, but weren't cut or broken. What's more, the sensors on them had not been triggered by the man's escape.
You've got to admire his commitment. It's a dangerous place to be at the best of times, let alone when you're planning on vaulting the heavily guarded fences.
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In the lead up to his escape attempt, the man was picked up twice by thermal cameras 'loitering' near to the demilitarized zone between the two countries.
He was found wearing blue civilian clothes and has been taken into custody by the South Korean military after asking for political asylum.
Another report in Chosunilbo suggests the man scaled an iron pole before chucking himself off the barbed wire on top of the fence.
There has been an investigation launched into why the wildly expensive and technologically advanced security system didn't work properly.
An official told Yonhap news agency: "We will look into why the sensors did not ring and make sure they operate properly."
It's a bit late for that where this chap is concerned, however.
About 32,000 people have defected from North Korea into South Korea.
The 160 mile border isn't something that you'd choose to cross lightly or on a whim, so this guy must have had his reasons for attempting to get over.
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