Grenaa Star captain arrested over Tynemouth pier crash

The beached Grenaa Star The boat, which suffered serious hull damage, beached in South Shields

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The captain of a fishing boat which crashed into a pier has been arrested on suspicion of being drunk.

The 60ft (18m) Grenaa Star collided with Tynemouth's South Pier early on Tuesday and began taking on water.

The 46-tonne Hartlepool-registered vessel was eventually beached at nearby South Shields.

Northumbria Police said the 53-year-old man had been arrested and bailed on suspicion of being a master, pilot or seaman unfit through drink.

He was treated in hospital for a head injury sustained in the collision. Two other crew members were unhurt.

The pier was not badly damaged.

An investigation into the incident is continuing.

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