Russia's Consul General Yury Bochkaryov in the North Korean city of Chongjin has confirmed that the Russian yacht "Elfin" is on her way to Vladivostok, Denis Samsonov, a spokesman for the Russian Embassy in Pyongyang, said on the Rossiya-24 television on Sunday.
"We are ready to announce that the Russian yacht Elfin has today left the North Korean port of Kimch'aek and set sail for Vladivostok. The Russian consul general in the city of Chongjin, Yury Viktorovich Bochkaryov, travelled to the city of Kimch'aek and to personally make sure that the yacht left the port," he said.
It was reported that on May 13 the North Korean border guard detained the Russian-flagged sport yacht "Elfin" with five crew on board in the international waters within North Korea's exclusive economic zone, 80 miles off the coast. The yacht was on her way back to Vladivostok from Busan where it had taken part in an international regatta.
The vessel was delivered to the North Korean port of Kimch'aek. The Korean authorities were sent a note demanding explanation of the reason for detention.
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