More than 100 rescued from stranded Korea ferry

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A South Korean cruise ship carrying 110 passengers was stranded yesterday on the coast of Hongdo, an island off the southwestern coast in Sinan County, South Jeolla Province, but everyone aboard was rescued promptly.

Crew members, passengers, and nearby vessels acted calmly in the emergency, helping the rescue work to be done within 28 minutes after the first report of the accident.

The first report of the accident was received at 09.14 hours yesterday, stating that a 1987-built, 171-tonne ferry Vacance ran ashore a sunken rock 110 metres away from Hongdo Island, which is about 70km west from where the Sewol capsized on 16 April.

A total of 110 people were on board the Vacance, comprising 105 passengers and five crew members. Ten people were sent to the hospital due to some minor injuries.—Ships and Maritime Safety