A HARTLEPOOL fishing boat has become beached after hitting a South Tyneside pier.
The skipper of the boat received head injuries after the vessel struck South Pier in South Shields at about 6.30am today.
The damaged boat, called the ‘Grenaa Star’, then started taking in water and was in need of immediate help.
Escorted by other fishing vessels, the trawler, then grounded itself on Little Haven Beach.
Two remaining crew members, who were uninjured, stayed on board until about 9.30am to shut down the fuel supply.
Mike Puplett, Humber Coastguard’s watch manager, said: “The vessel sustained slight damage, but there is no evidence of pollution.
“Now that the situation is stable on scene, an assessment will be made about refloating the vessel later today.”
Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the two Tynemouth RNLI lifeboats, who brought salvage pumps to deal with the water on boar.
There were fears the Star may have capsized during low tide, but it remained upright.
During today’s (Tuesday’s) high tide, at about 2pm, efforts will be made to salvage it.