Tyne & Wear

Fishing boat Grenaa Star crashes into Tynemouth pier

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

The captain of a fishing boat was injured when the vessel crashed into Tynemouth's South Pier.

Coastguard and lifeboat crews were alerted when the 60ft (18m) Grenaa Star started taking on water earlier.

The boat, which sustained severe hull damage, was beached in nearby South Shields with the help of other fishing vessels and the Tyne pilot launch.

An RNLI spokesman said the captain was being treated for a head injury at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.

The two remaining crew of the Hartlepool-registered vessel were unhurt and there were no reports of pollution.

The pier was not badly damaged.

Efforts are under way to salvage the 46-tonne boat and an investigation has begun into how the crash happened.

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