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Salvage experts refloat stricken trawler

SALVAGE OPERATION ... the Grenaa Star was finally refloated and moved up river today, three days after colliding with the South Pier on her way into the Tyne.

SALVAGE OPERATION ... the Grenaa Star was finally refloated and moved up river today, three days after colliding with the South Pier on her way into the Tyne.

A STRICKEN ship which partially sunk off a South Tyneside beach has been re-floated up the Tyne to await her fate.

The Hartlepool-registered Grenaa Star was grounded at Little Haven Beach in South Shields after it hit the South Tyne Pier at 6.30am on Tuesday.

For the last three days experts have tried to move the vessel, but were unable, due to her damaged hull - which caused water to flood in - and the tides.

However, at low tide this morning, salvage experts from Tyne & Wear Marine, assisted by workers from the Port of Tyne and the Harbourmaster, Captain Mike Nicholson, made her hull waterproof enough for water to be pumped out.

After she was refloated, she was sandwiched between the Tyne & Wear Marine barge Prosper and the Port’s workboat Sir Bobby Robson.

The trawler was then towed to the former Readheads yard at Tyne Dock, where her future will be decided by insurers.

 

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