A MAN has been arrested after a fishing boat smashed into a South Tyneside pier and sparked a major rescue drama.
The Grenaa Star hit South Tyne Pier at 6.30am on Tuesday before she was became grounded on Littlehaven Beach, South Shields.
The 46-tonne boat, which suffered damaged to her bow and began taking in water, remains on the spot today as further attempts are made to move her.
A 53–year–old man has since been arrested by police on suspicion of being a master, pilot or seaman unfit through drink.
A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “We can confirm that a 53–year–old man was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of being a master, pilot or seaman unfit through drink.
“He has been bailed until a later date.”
The captain of the stricken boat was taken to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary with a head injury.
The other two crew members were uninjured.
A boom has now been places around the Grenaa Star and efforts will be made this morning to repair her broken bow and refloat her.
It’s then hoped, during this afternoon’s high tide, she will be dragged up the beach for a full assessment of the damage.