Drunk captain jailed

Contributed by editor on Mar 25, 2006 - 07:31 PM


The captain of a cargo ship that ran aground in the English Channel in February has been jailed after being found drunk and incapable and slumped over the controls.

Romanian Adrian Fericel, 45, was at the helm of the 5,050-tonne Swiss-registered vessel Kathrin when it missed the East Goodwin lightship by a few feet and 10 minutes later ran aground o­n the Goodwin Sands.

He was later found to be four times over the legal drink limit.

The master was involved in the incidents o­n the Goodwin sands o­n 12th February 2006 and New Holland o­n the River Humber o­n the 15th February 2006.

On the 13th February, the owners of the Swiss registered vessel 'Kathrin' contacted Dover Coastguard to report that the vessel had grounded o­n the Goodwin Sands.

Maritime and Coastguard Agency officials found him "drunk and incapable" when the vessel docked at New Holland, North Lincolnshire. Fericel, who has been a master for three years and has 28 years' experience at sea, admitted being drunk in charge of a vessel and failing to discharge his duties as master of a vessel.

He was jailed for seven months for the first offence and four months for the second, the sentences to run concurrently.

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