No woman is an island – unless you are Kim Sin-yeol.
The 81-year-old former South Korean freediver lives alone on one of the Dokdo Islands, a long-contested volcanic eruption four-hour boat ride from civilization.
Kim is the only permanent resident of the secluded boulder between Japan and South Korea in the Eastern Sea, where bad weather can cut her off from the outside world for weeks. [19659002"SaidtheLifeoftheDoctrine"saidherson-in-lawKimKyung-chuldie'sweektoCNN"There'sHisSpirit"
Kim, originally from Jeju Island, South Korea, lived there with her husband for almost three decades before dying in October.
The waters around the lonely strip The land, which Japan and Korea have been fighting for a long time, is an excellent breeding ground for fish and natural gas reserves.
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The islands have enough room to live – Kim's house being renovated, a government official told CNN.
The station did not interview Kim herself, but in 2016, she told The Korea Times, "We work, eat and fight. It is no good to live here.
Other Koreans have since urged to move to the islands.
Sometimes policemen, lighthouse operators and tourists come and go by ferry, but officials say they will not allow people to move around permanently.