Drunken sailors who plot courses – or don’t - through the heavily trafficked waters of the Danish straits are mainly from Eastern Europe, according to the Newspaq agency.
“We can see from the accident statistics that it’s often Eastern Europeans that are drunk,” says Fritz Gantzholm, Head of Secretariat at the Danish Pilots Association.
As late as last Sunday, Russian sailors ploughed their cargo vessel aground off the island of Saltholm. The captain of the vessel had an alcohol content of 1.67 parts per thousand, while his first officer counted 1.19 parts per thousand.
In May last year, a Russian captain was also responsible for sailing the MCL Trader aground off Bornholm, while an Eastern European first officer with an alcohol content of 1.55 parts per thousand lost his life after sailing his cargo vessel into the Great Belt Bridge in 2005.