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.

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