Jan. 5 (UPI) — A South Korean fisherman who escaped North Korea after being kidnapped to the regime has died from COVID-19 problems, in line with activists in Seoul and relations.

Yoon Jong-soo, 79, died Monday after testing optimistic for the novel coronavirus Dec. 26, in line with representatives of Abductees’ Household Union within the South, Yonhap reported Tuesday.

Yoon was amongst a bunch of 33 South Korean fishermen who had been on board the Cheongwangho, a fishing boat captured within the East Sea in August 1975.

In 2008, Yoon tried to flee the North along with his spouse and daughter, however relations had been detained whereas Yoon was capable of escape to China and search asylum on the South Korean consulate in Shenyang, in line with studies.

Choi Sung-yong, head of Abductees’ Household Union, stated Tuesday that Yoon was distressed about household left behind within the North on the time of his demise.

“The deceased tried to rescue his daughter who remained in North Korea,” Choi stated. “He was troubled from not realizing about her standing.”

Choi urged North Korean authorities to substantiate the standing of all South Korean abductees and their households with a view to abide by the “ethical legal guidelines of household relationships.”

In North Korea Yoon met and married an ethnic Korean lady from Japan, activists stated. Collectively, they’d one little one. Yoon labored at a North Korean plant producing agricultural equipment for near 30 years, in line with Information 1.

Lots of of South Koreans kidnapped to the North after the 1950-53 Korean Battle stay unaccounted for. In line with South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo, Yoon was the fourth particular person to defect among the many Cheonwangho crew, and solely the eighth South Korean citizen to efficiently escape the North.

Yoon’s youthful sister advised the newspaper Tuesday that her brother prevented staging anti-North Korean protests within the South as a result of he feared retaliation from Pyongyang. Yoon anxious whether or not his daughter was sentenced to a political jail camp in North Korea, she stated.

North Korea has claimed beforehand that no South Korean abduction victims had been within the nation and that former South Koreans stay within the nation of their very own free will.