The sentence in question:


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My attempt at translation:

"At the actual spot in the ocean and the neighbouring coast, also until now there are frequent sightings of wooden ships which are expected to come from korea, and the coastal guard observes the two people who came from korea and investigates more and more details."

I'm confused because 見て connects to 2人が北朝鮮から来た with と. I so far can only remember the combination of みる and と in とみられる which translates to "regarded as". But this doesn't make sense here, so I used the interpretation I usually only use if I have "object + を + みる". I'm not very confident about this though, so I'm asking for your advice.


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I think the meaning of the とみる you are seeing is probably best rendered in English as "thought to" or "believed to". This isn't far from the "regarded" sense.

For the sentence:


現場の海域や付近の海岸では、 → In the sea and coast line near where this happened,
これまでにも → until now
北朝鮮から来たと見られる木造船 → wooden boats thought to have come from North Korea (at least in English Korea is at best ambiguous and at worst means South Korea)
がたびたび見つかっていて → have been frequently seen
海上保安部は → the coast guard
2人が北朝鮮から来たとみて → two people who are thought to come from North Korea
さらに詳しく調べています。 → investigating more thoroughly

海上保安部 = coast guard.

Piecing it all back together:

In the sea and along the coast near where the incident happened, until now wooden boats thought to be from North Korea have been frequently seen, and the coast guard is investigating more thoroughly the two men* who are thought to have come from North Korea.

*at least in my dialect saying "men" here makes better sense than saying people.

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