SEOUL, South Korea — The Latest on a ferry accident in South Korea (all times local):
South Korea’s coast guard says it rescued all 163 people from a ferry that hit a rock in waters off the country’s southwestern coast.
A coast guard official says the ferry’s 158 passengers and five crew members are being taken to shore on four coast guard vessels and a number of civilian fishing boats. He says the rescue operation went smoothly because the ferry wasn’t flooded and didn’t lose its balance despite the crash off islands in Sinan County.
He says six people sustained minor injuries in the accident Sunday.
The coast guard initially said the ferry was carrying 187 passengers, but later revised the number to 158.
The official says it appeared the ferry hit the rock while trying to avoid a fishing boat while traveling in foggy waters.
South Korea’s coast guard says it is trying to rescue 192 people from a ferry that hit a rock in waters off the country’s southwestern coast.
An official from the Korea Coast Guard says the prospects of rescue are good because the ferry isn’t showing signs of flooding or losing balance despite Sunday’s crash.
The official says four coast guard vessels and nearby civilian vessels are approaching the ferry for the rescue operation.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity, citing office rules.
The area is not far from where a ferry sank and killed more than 300 people in 2014, triggering a national outpouring of grief and soul-searching over lax safety standards.