Russian cargo ship bumps into S. Korean bridge with intoxicated captain aboard

Russian cargo ship bumps into S. Korean bridge with intoxicated captain aboard

Russian cargo ship bumps into S. Korean bridge with intoxicated captain aboard

The 6,000 tonne Seagrand collided with the side of the Gwangan Bridge in Busan with a "drunk" captain on-board.

There were no injuries reported in the collision, however local media have reported the ship's captain may have been intoxicated when the collision occurred.

The South Korean Coastguard recorded a blood alcohol value of 0.86 in the captain, according to Yonhap.

A KCG official said consuming alcohol aboard a vessel isn't punishable by law as long as the person doesn't steer the ship.


Authorities said they spoke to the cargo ship's crew and were still determining whether the captain, whose identity has not been released, was at the helm at the time of the crash.

It damaged the lower part of the two-level structure.

Hitting the highway full of rush hour traffic, the vessel then tried to turn and leave the before it was stopped by the Korea Coast Guard (KCG). Some 40 minutes earlier, the same ship had rammed into a moored cruise ship, according to The Korea Herald. After the ship made contact with the bridge, it turned back and headed in the opposite direction.

The video footage has caught the moment exactly when the ship crashed into the side of the motorway bridge. It was bound for Vladivostok, Russia, on Thursday, carrying 1,415 tons of steel coils.

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