South Korean Officials Announce Recovery of Boat with 21 North Korean Defectors

A small boat carrying 21 North Koreans was found drifting off South Korea's western coast this week, officials who requested anonymity told the Yonhap news agency on Saturday.

Twenty-one North Koreans, including women and children, were found adrift in a boat off the west coast of South Korea last Sunday and asked for asylum, the South Korean military said Saturday.

The South Korean coast guard found the group Tuesday near the port city of Incheon, according to reports. (CNN) -- The South Korean coast guard said Saturday it found 21 North Korean defectors adrift on the Yellow Sea this week.