A drunken captain of a large 6,000-ton cargo ship has crashed the giant vessel into a busy bridge as he was cruising in the wrong direction.
According to the reports, the unnamed Russian captain crashed Seagrand into a busy bridge in South Korea while sailing in the wrong direction.
The incident occurred at the Gwangan Bridge in Busan, South Korea, in broad daylight. The captain of the ship had three times the legal limit of blood alcohol concentration during the crash.
Following the bang, the captain attempted to reverse and turn around the ship before he was apprehended by the Korea Coast Guard.
As the Coast Guard explained in a statement, the man’s blood alcohol concentration was 0.086% while the legal limit stands at 0.03%.
The authorities are now investigating the matter to find out whether the captain of the ship was at the helm when it crashed and whether he was the one steering the cargo ship.
Allegedly, drinking alcohol on the ship is allowed as long as it isn’t the person steering the vessel who is drinking.
The officials are also determined to find out what the large ship was doing so close to the $700 million Gwangan Bridge in the first place. As they pointed out, the vessel should be heading in the opposite direction.
The 6,000-ton Seagrand allegedly arrived in Busan on Wednesday to unload 1,495 tons of steel coils. The next day it departed for Vladivostok, Russia, with 1,415 tons of steel coils but never made it out of the Korean waters.
Fortunately, the crash didn’t result in any injuries. The mildly damaged section of the bridge, however, was closed off for repair and safety inspection.
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