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PORT BLAIR: The North Korean cargo ship which illegally entered the country's territorial waters had done so due to mechanical problems, its
captain claimed on Saturday.
The captain said this during interrogations, according to sources in the Coast Guard (CG), which intercepted the sugar-laden ship near Little Andaman island, 200 nautical miles south of here.
The interrogation of the captain, whose name was not given out, and that of the ship's 38 other crew was continuing here and more details are expected.
The ship has been detained under heavy security at Little Andamans, where it was spotted anchored, the sources said.
As the Navy and CG's efforts for a radio response from the vessel failed, the CG sent out one of its aircraft to check on the vessel. A radio signal from the aircraft too did not get a reply, forcing the Navy and CG to send their patrol ships to the vessel.
Navy and CG personnel visited the cargo vessel, boarded and conducted a search on it. Later, the vessel was seized and brought here for questioning of its crew members, the sources said.
"The ship was supposed to have gone to Iraq, but changed its destination, which happens while at sea. They could be asked (by their agents) to go to different location,"