The boat ‘San Gwann’ was stranded on the Es Malvins islets near the port of Ibiza. All 47 people on board had to be evacuated and an extensive rescue operation was launched
A ferry in Ibiza ran aground leaving 15 people injured, including a 10-year-old boy who is in a serious condition.
The FRS vessel was making the last connection between Ibiza and Formentera when the incident happened last night, on the Es Malvins islets near the port of Ibiza.
The ferry, called the San Gwann, had 35 passengers and 12 crew members on board, Miguel Chicón, spokesman for Maritime Rescue, said.
All 47 people had to be evacuated and an extensive rescue operation was launched while the ferry became stranded on the islet located at the exit of the port of Ibiza.
A helicopter and other boats joined in the rescue operation while ambulances rushed to the area to assist the injured passengers.
Several units of the Civil Guard and agents of the Port Police were brought in.
The first rescued passengers arrived at the port at about 11.40pm local time, aboard a pilot boat and were treated by emergency workers.
The boy and another person seriously injured were evacuated by the Helymer 205 helicopter to Can Misses.
On the islet, Maritime Rescue continued its rescue work after midnight.
Mr Chicón said the boat is not currently at risk of sinking, Cadena Ser reports.
The ferry has a capacity for more than 400 passengers and almost thirty vehicles.
The shipping company began operating on the route between Ibiza and Formentera in June.
Francina Armengol, President of the Balearic Government, published a message on Twitter shortly after the accident occurred.
She praised the rescue teams, saying that the injured people are now receiving treatment.
She wrote: “Following very closely the ferry accident in Ibiza.
“The crew and passengers are being evacuated and the injured are receiving the necessary care.
“All administrations worked in coordination. Thanks to the rescue team and everyone involved in the operation.”