Drunk captain grounds ship Abis Bergen in German port
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Drunk captain grounds ship Abis Bergen in German port

A heavily drunk captain managed to ground his 85-metre vessel in the harbour of the northern German port of Rostock, harbour police reported Sunday. 

28 March 2016 - 20:13

Drunk captain grounds ship in German port

A heavily drunk captain managed to ground his 85-metre vessel in the harbour of the northern German port of Rostock, harbour police reported Sunday. 

The damaged ship, the Abis Bergen from the Netherlands, blocked the entrance to the harbour on Saturday evening and had to be towed free, the police said. 

The captain, who was completely unfit to pilot his vessel, immediately veered off course after leaving the harbour. When breathalysed he was found to have an alcohol level of 1.48 millilitres, well above the legal limit. He now faces charges of endangering shipping traffic.

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