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American man caught trying to swim to North Korea

There's a fine line between crazy and adventurous, and this guy is on it.

The Korea Herald reports that a U.S. citizen was caught trying to cross the Han River between South and North Korea at around 11:55 pm Tuesday. The American, apparently in his early 30s, was taken into custody by South Korean Marines in Gimpo, Gyeonggi Province.

The man allegedly told South Korean government officials that the purpose of his visit was to meet the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The events mirror the 1996 actions of Evan Hunziker, an American man arrested on espionage charges in North Korea following a swim across the Yalu River from Dandong, China. Hunziker claimed he had been dared to do so by a friend during a drinking session.