A fisherman was taken to hospital with a head injury following South Shields pier crash



A

trawler

sparked a major rescue effort in north east England after it collided with a pier and began to sink.

Tynemouth RNLI

lifeboat volunteer crew members attended this morning’s incident at the request of Humber Coastguard.

The Tynemouth

RNLI all weather and inshore lifeboats launched at 6.36am after the

Port of Tyne Vessel Traffic Services reported to them that the fishing

vessel Grenaa Star had suffered severe damage following a collision with the south Tyne pier.

The

18m, 46-tonne vessel had begun taking in water and was in need of

immediate help. The skipper had managed to get close to Little Haven

beach, South Shields, where it became grounded.

Upon arrival at the scene, lifeboat crew members took two salvage

pumps onto the sinking boat and began to pump her out. Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team also attended,

keeping watch from shore.

The trawler’s skipper had suffered a

head injury and was taken off his vessel by a police boat and transferred to

the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle for treatment.

The two remaining crew members of the Grenaa Star shut down the fuel supply to prevent pollution.

At low tide it was

decided that the pumping was making no difference as the vessel was

completely settled on the river bed, and so badly damaged that she

would be unlikely to completely refloat on the high tide.

RNLI crew

members fastened the vessel’s anchor to the beach to prevent any

chance of her drifting from the beach, and transferred the fishermen by lifeboat to North Shields Fish Quay, arriving at 9.30am.

Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station, said: ‘The Grenaa Star had

suffered major damage to her bow after colliding with the pier and was

quickly taking on water. Her skipper had sustained a cut to his head.

‘When the lifeboats arrived on scene the vessel was low in the water, drifting, and her keel was just touching the riverbed.

‘The

volunteer lifeboat crew pumped water out of the vessel for as long as

possible before the boat was completely grounded and then took the

remaining two fishermen to safety.

‘We don’t know what caused the collision at this time but thankfully there were no serious injuries.’

Picture credit:

RNLI/Adrian Don