Cargo ship aground off Sweden, crew drunk

2012-01-11 20:14

Stockholm - The captain and helmsman of a Gibraltar-flagged cargo ship that ran aground off Sweden's southern coast overnight are suspected of being drunk, the coast guard said on Wednesday.

"The captain and helmsman are both suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and we have launched an inquiry," coast guard spokesperson Lotta Brandstroem told AFP.

It was not immediately known why the Anke Angela, an 82m ship loaded with timber, ran aground around 01:00 GMT in the Kalmarsund strait between the Swedish mainland and the island of Oeland.

"The captain is a German national and the helmsman is Russian, and the other four crew members are from Ukraine and Cape Verde," Brandstroem said, adding that the vessel was en route from Moensteraas to Ireland with a cargo of wood.

The ship was listing slightly on Wednesday and the coast guard was assessing the damage.

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