Ferry runs aground on tiny island near Ibiza as helicopter airlifts passengers

A man and a child are in hospital after a passenger ferry ran aground in Ibiza.

The FRS ferry San Gwann was travelling between Ibiza and Formentera with 47 people on board when it struck rocks close to the shore.

A helicopter rescue mission was launched, with six people needing to be airlifted from the stricken vessel.

Francina Armengol, the president of the Balearic Islands, confirmed two people, a man and a 10-year-old boy, were hospitalised.

According to local reports, the child is a ‘serious condition’ but no further details have been released.

The rescue service said that the ferry with 35 passengers plus a crew of nine emitted a call for help late on Saturday after it had run aground on an uninhabited islet situated outside Ibiza’s port.

A private boat retrieved 20 more people and the Guardia Civil rescued nine more, according to the service.

The ferry was still stuck on the rocks on Sunday. No cause for the crash was immediately given.

According to local news organisation Cadena SER, the vessel can accommodate 400 passengers when is at capacity, along with around 30 vehicles.

The 51 meter vehicle has a top speed of 34 knots, meaning it could have struck the rocks at almost 40 miles per hour.

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