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    Posted December 18, 2013 by
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    Dramatic Sea Rescue After Trawler Crashes Into Pier


    Tuesday 17th December saw a dramatic and unusual incident occur on the river Tyne, on the North East Coast of England. At 6.30am the fishing boat Grenaa Star crashed into the pier at South Shields. The hull was severely damaged and the trawler's captain injured by the impact. Taking on water, the fishing vessel was escorted back into the safety of the bay by RNLI rescue boats.


    This image shows the half-sunken Grenaa Star with rescue boats in attendance. The incident comes just two weeks after the Tyne was hit by a rare tidal surge which flooded riverside areas. The stricken 60ft trawler is currently grounded on the sands of South Shields bay.


    Mike Puplett, Humber Coastguard Watch Manager, said: “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 about refloating the vessel later today."


    The injured captain has since been arrested on suspicion of being drunk whilst skippering the vessel. A spokesman for Northumbria Police said a 53 year old man was arrested on suspicion of being a "master, pilot or seaman unfit through drink."


    The Grenaa Star remains half-submerged in the bay whilst efforts at refloating the boat continue. The pier was not badly damaged in the crash.


    Image Credits: Joanne Rawlings, Maritime & Coastguard Agency

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