The Korean Coast Guard reported that the Seagrand sailed into the side of the Gwangan Bridge at around 4:20 p.m. before turning back to head in the opposite direction.
However, the Korea Coast Guard (KCG) said it was not clear whether the captain had actually been steering the almost 6,000-ton vessel when it bumped into the Gwangan bridge in Busan-the country's second largest city.
The KCG said the captain had a blood alcohol content of 0.086 percent, well above the legal limit of 0.03 percent and high enough to warrant the revocation of his license.
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The two-decked bridge is left with five-metre wide hole in the lower part. Some 40 minutes earlier, the same ship had rammed into a moored cruise ship, according to The Korea Herald. A KCG official said that it is not illegal for a captain to consume alcohol onboard the vessel as long as they are not at the helm. Portions of the lower bridge were closed as a precaution.
It was reported that the drunk captain of the ship tried to escape. The ship was also sailing in the opposite direction of its planned course.
According to the KCG, the Seagrand arrived in Busan around 9am on Wednesday morning to unload 1,495 tons of iron pipes.
The ship is said to be a 6-ton freighter, which was on the way to Vladivostok, Russia.