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Ship's master arrested at Teignmouth Docks after breath test

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 17, 2012

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A cargo ship has been impounded at a Devon port after its captain was held on suspicion of drinking.

Police supported by Maritime and Coastguard Agency officers attended the cargo vessel Sandettie anchored at Teignmouth Docks just before 6pm on Saturday.

It is understood that the captain of the Dutch registered ship was breathalysed and subsequently arrested.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed they had attended a ship on Saturday evening.

"A male was breathalysed and arrested and the vehicle has been impounded at this time," he said.

The Sandettie, which measures nearly 90 metres in length and when full weighs just under 3,000 tonnes, arrived at the South Devon port from Brunsbüttel in northern Germany on December 12.

Its cargo is not known, but it was due to sail to the Netherlands.

A spokesman for Brixham Coastguard confirmed the officers had attended the ship at Teignmouth.

He added that the ship would be able to sail as soon the minimum safe number of crew were on board.

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