NEARLY 400 people have been evacuated from a ferry in Denia (Costa Blanca, Spain) after it ran aground.
Spanish coastguard (Salvamento Maritimo) and Guardia Civil helped move passengers to safety after the Balearia ferry which had sailed from Mallorca and Ibiza reportedly hit a harbour wall then run aground as it prepared to dock.
The incident happened at 11.30 pm last night (August 16) with the rescue operation from the Pinar del Rio going on for two hours.
Balearia said in a statement: “The fast ferry Pinar del Rio ran aground at 11.30pm last night by Denia’s harbour wall without any personal injury to passengers or crew.
“The fast ferry, which was coming from Palma and Ibiza, was going to dock in the port.
“There were 393 people and 70 vehicles on board.
“All the passengers were unharmed and were evacuated using Spanish Coastguard and Civil Guard vessels and a Balearia tug.”
It added: “Balearia made two coaches available for passengers with cars which couldn’t be disembarked from the ferry, one with a final destination of Valencia and the other bound for Alicante with stops en route.
“Balearia will remain in contact with passengers who still have their vehicles on board to inform them about when they can remove them.
“The company removed the other belongings they had on board and have handed them over.”