South Korea’s coast guard says three Chinese fishermen have been found dead when a fire broke out on their boat after the coast guard fired a flash-bang grenade at the vessel to stop it.
The coast guard said in a statement that the officers boarded the vessel off South Korea’s southwestern coast on Thursday and put out the fire. They took 14 other fishermen to a South Korean port.
The statement did not say if the flash-bang grenade caused the fire or what killed the fishermen.
The coast guard often stops Chinese ships for suspected illegal fishing, and violent clashes sometimes happen.
In 2014, a South Korea coast guardsman fatally shot the captain of a Chinese fishing vessel who was trying to prevent his ship from being inspected.

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