Dutch ship runs aground in Sweden, captain suspected drunk

13th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

A Dutch vessel that ran aground near the southern Swedish port of Helsingborg on Friday may have been commanded by a drunk captain, the Swedish coast guard said.

"We suspect that the boat captain was drunk, but it has not been proven yet," Tomas Nilsson of the Swedish coast guard told AFP.

"He has been taken to the police station for blood tests," he said.

The five other crew members of the 85-meter (278-feet) Flinterforest, a Dutch vessel, are safe and still onboard.

The ship ran aground a few kilometers (miles) north of the southwestern port of Helsingborg.

The coast guard was alerted at 5:30 am (0330 GMT) and said no fuel had been spilled.

Built in 2004, the Flinterforest belongs to the Dutch company Forestwave Navigation, according to the company's website.

Forestwave Navigation said it would issue a statement regarding the matter later on Friday.

The coast guard is still trying to determine how to free the ship, which is beached on gravel.

"We don't think we'll be able to free it before the weekend. To get it out, we'll have to relieve it from its cargo, and another ship will have to come free it," Nilsson said.

© 2010 AFP

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