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S. Korea ferry runs aground, all 109 rescued

Update: September, 30/2014 - 10:07

SEOUL — South Korea's coastguard rescued all 109 passengers and crew from a ferry that ran aground on Tuesday, not far from the site of April's Sewol ferry tragedy that claimed more than 300 lives.

The ferry, on a sightseeing trip around the island of Hongdo off the southwestern coast, ran aground shortly after 9:00am (0000 GMT), coastguard spokesman Oh Eun-Seok said.

"The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but all 109 passengers including five crew members were rescued without any reported injuries," Oh said.

The area where the vessel ran aground was around 70km west of the site where the Sewol ferry capsized on April 16 near Jindo island.— AFP

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