At least twelve people were injured in a ferry accident near Ibiza. The catamaran San Gwann from the German shipping company FRS was on Saturday night from Ibiza to Formentera when the ferry hit a small rocky island in the Mediterranean Sea. The rescue service, shipping company and local authorities report that.
On board there were 35 passengers and 12 crew members. Twelve people were injured, including two seriously injured. It‘s about a 10-year-old boy, who was transferred to a hospital in Mallorca by helicopter, and an adult male.
The accident happened around 10 p.m., shortly after departure not far from the port of Ibiza. The shipping company stated that the safety protocol was initiated immediately and the responsible authorities were warned. The ship’s occupants were brought to Ibiza in rubberboats, according to the official statement. At least six were taken to the hospital there.
“The cause of the accident is still unknown,” said the head of the Balearic Rescue Service Miguel Félix Chicón, in a radio interview on Sunday. In the event of an accident, the ferry must have collided against the rock at a speed of about 30 knots (over 55 kilometers per hour).
The ferry was badly damaged in the accident. The San Gwann only sails between Ibiza and Formentera since the end of June. The crossing takes about half an hour.