Boozed-up captain rams Russian cargo ship into South Korea bridge

The upper superstructures of a container ship is seen colliding with the bridge.
The upper superstructures of a container ship is seen colliding with the bridge.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE

SEOUL (DPA) - A Russian cargo ship piloted by an intoxicated captain rammed into Gwangan Bridge in the South Korean port city of Busan on Thursday afternoon (Feb 28).

A video released by the news agency Yonhap shows the upper superstructures of a container ship colliding with the bridge.

There were no injuries in the accident, Yonhap reported, but the ship's captain allegedly tried to flee the scene.

The South Korean Coastguard recorded a blood alcohol value of 0.86 per cent in the captain, according to Yonhap. It is prohibited under South Korean law to pilot a ship with a blood alcohol level over 0.3 per cent.

The ship is said to be a 6,000-tonne freighter, which was on the way to Vladivostok, Russia.

Gwangan Bridge spans a distance of 7.4km and is located in South Korea's second largest city. At night, it is a popular tourist attraction due to its spectacular lighting.