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Russian sailor 'drunk in charge of ship'

BY PAUL HIGGINS

A Russian sailor has appeared in court accused of being drunk in charge of a ship.

At Belfast magistrates court on Saturday, Mikhail Irusglotov (53), was charged with having excess alcohol by a master of a ship on March 28.

Isruglotov, the ship's chief engineer, from Arkhangel in the Russian Federation, spoke to confirm he knew some English and understood the charge.

A constable told the court he believed he could connect Isruglotov to the charge, adding that police were not objecting to bail as his vessel will be in the harbour "for a period of time".

It is understood that the captain alerted the harbourmaster that his chief engineer was allegedly drunk and that when breathalysed, Isruglotov was allegedly more than three times the legal drink drive limit.

He was released on his own bail of £250, ordered to report to police everyday and to return to court today.

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