Fishing vessel beached: sailor arrested

A fishing vessel hit a pier and beached in South Shields. The vessel's captain has been arrested.

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Sailor onboard beached ship arrested

A sailor has been arrested on suspicion of being too drunk to pilot a boat after a fishing vessel crashed into a pier.

The Grenaa Star hit South Tyne Pier at 6.30am on Tuesday before beaching on Littlehaven Beach, South Shields.

The 46-tonne boat, which suffered damaged to her bow and began taking on water.

She remains where she beached on Tuesday.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said a 53-year-old man has since been arrested by police on suspicion of being a "master, pilot or seaman unfit through drink.

"The man has been bailed till a later date.

Vessel beached

The Grenaa Star Credit: RNLI Tynemouth

Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station, said: "The _Grenaa Star _had suffered major damage to her bow after colliding with the pier and was quickly taking on water. Her skipper had sustained a cut to his head.

"When the lifeboats arrived on scene the vessel was low in the water, drifting, and her keel was just touching the riverbed.

"The volunteer lifeboat crew pumped water out of the vessel for as long as possible before the boat was completely grounded and then took the remaining two fishermen

to safety.

"We don't know what caused the collision at this time but thankfully there were no serious injuries".


Fishing vessel is beached

A fishing vessel beached in South Shields.

At around 6.30am, the Grenaa Star hit the South Pier at Tynemouth and started to take on water.

The Coastguard were called and, assisted by other fishing vessels, it was able to beach on Herd Sands.

The skipper of the vessel suffered a minor injury.

"The vessel sustained slight damage, but there is no evidence of pollution. Now that the situation is stable on scene an assessment will be made regarding the refloating of the vessel."

– Mike Pupplett, Humber Coastguard Watch Manager
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