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‘No pollution threat’ from stricken trawler

NO POLLUTION THREAT ... the Grenaa Star, beached at Little Haven, South Shields. Insets ,top, Adrian Jacksons picture of the Grenaa Star came to us via Twitter. Below, Karen Atkinsons photo of the trawler at sunset.

NO POLLUTION THREAT ... the Grenaa Star, beached at Little Haven, South Shields. Insets ,top, Adrian Jacksons picture of the Grenaa Star came to us via Twitter. Below, Karen Atkinsons photo of the trawler at sunset.

A GROUNDED fishing boat does not pose a pollution threat to South Tyneside’s coastline, say experts.

The Grenaa Star has been stranded off Little Haven Beach, South Shields, since it hit the South Tyne Pier on Tuesday.

The 46-tonne boat, which suffered damaged to her bow and began taking in water, remains on the spot today, as attempts to refloat her failed because the tides have not been right in recent days.

It is hoped that the Hartlepool-registered vessel, which is attracting crowds of spectators, will be moved by Christmas.

As work on the stranded vessel continued yesterday, a Humber Coastguard spokesman said there is no danger of the surrounding waters becoming polluted.

He said: “Arrangements to move the boat are still very much ongoing and are affected by a number of factors, including her age and the tides.

“Oil and petrol have been safely drained away, and there’s no risk of pollution.

“It’s a case of monitoring the situation until the correct arrangements can be made.”

It is hoped that the damaged bow can be repaired well enough to enable the boat to be refloated and for it then to be dragged up the beach.

The shallow water and low tides have, so far, made this impossible.

The skipper of the ship suffered head injuries in the dawn collision and was taken to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary for treatment.

Other crew members were uninjured.

A 53-year-old man has been arrested and bailed by police on suspicion of being a master, pilot or seaman unfit through drink.

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