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Ship runs aground, captain suspected drunk

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Ship runs aground, captain suspected drunk
07:33 CEST+02:00
A Dutch freighter has run aground off the coast of Helsingborg in southern Sweden, with the captain taken in for police questioning after he appeared drunk at the helm.

"We don't know what has happened yet, but we are investigating the incident," Birgitta Andersson at the Swedish coastguard said to the local Helsingborgs Dagblad daily.

The coastguard received the call that a vessel had run aground outside of Laröd on the Hittarp reef in the Öresund strait at around 5.35am on Friday, Andersson confirmed.

On closer inspection it was found that while the vessel itself remained intact the skipper of the vessel appeared to be under the influence and the police were called.

"He was taken to the police station for further tests and interrogation," Calle Persson at Skåne police confirmed.

The vessel is reported to be the Dutch registered 86-metre cargo vessel the Flinterforest. 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.

While the police now have responsibility for the investigation, it is being conducted by the coastguard and with the shipping inspector 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.

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