South Korea's coast guard has rescued all 163 people from a passenger ferry which hit a rock in waters off the southwestern coast of the country on Sunday, March 25. At least 6 people sustained minor injuries.
An official announced the 158 passengers and 5 crew members of the ferry had been taken to shore on 4 coast guard vessels and several civilian fishing boats. The rescue operation had gone smoothly as the ferry had not been flooded and had not tip despite the crash off the islands in Sinan County.
The official added it appeared the ferry had hit the rock while avoiding a fishing boat in foggy waters.
Rescue workers had treated 6 people for minor injuries that had been caused by the shock of the crash, leaving the front of the ferry pushed atop the rock.
The cause of the crash is yet to be investigated. Tests from alcohol detectors showed that none of the crew had been drinking prior to the accident.
The area of the accident is not far from where a ferry sank killing more than 300 people in 2014.