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Stricken trawler remains stranded on beach

STAYING PUT ... attempt to refloat the partially-sunk Grenaa Star failed today.

STAYING PUT ... attempt to refloat the partially-sunk Grenaa Star failed today.

A STRICKEN fishing vessel will be spending another night partially-sunk off a South Tyneside beach.

The Grenaa Star hit the south Tyne Pier at 6.30am yesterday before becoming grounded on Littlehaven Beach, South Shields.

The 46-tonne boat, which suffered damaged to her bow and began taking in water, remains at the spot tonight, after attempts to move her failed.

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

Numerous attempts have been made to re-float the boat, but they have been unsuccessful due to the tides.

Fred Crowell, a boat builder based at Wapping Street, South Shields, who has been assessing the damage, said: “The problem lies with the damage that’s below the water line.

“The master plan is to float her back up the beach and repair the hull, but because the tides haven’t been high enough this hasn’t been possible.”

 

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