Dutch police detain German skipper for drunk steering

14th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

The German skipper of an oil tanker was detained for drunk steering after hitting a group of moored barges on an inland waterway in the western Netherlands on Sunday, Dutch police said.

The skipper, 67, was found to be under the influence of alcohol when the tanker, loaded with 1,200 tons of oil, collided with empty barges on a waterway near Sliedrecht around 6:00 am (0500 GMT), a statement said.

A jetty and a mooring post on land were damaged, as well as the tanker which was towed to a nearby dam for repairs.

The skipper was given a 2,000-euro (2,700-dollar) fine, failing to pay which he would have to appear before a judge, a police spokesman said.

© 2010 AFP

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