Sea Shepherd ships hit 'multiple times'
Wed, 20 Feb 2013 4:27p.m.
By Kim Choe
Anti-whaling organisation Sea Shepherd says two of their ships, the Steve Irwin and the Bob Barker, have been rammed by Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean.
Speaking from aboard the Steve Irwin, Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson told 3 News the Bob Barker was hit “multiple times”.
“[It] has lost power, toppled the main mast, smashed up the deck.”
Mr Watson says they were hit while trying to stop Japanese whaling vessel Nisshin Maru from refuelling – which he says is illegal in the Southern Ocean.
He alleges the Japanese crew threw stun grenades at the Sea Shepherd ships, but says no one was hurt.
“They’re frustrated we’ve prevented refuelling operations for two days.”
A mayday has been issued and the Bob Barker crew have managed to stop water from coming in.
Mr Watson says there are about 38 people on board.
He also says that in the process of hitting the Sea Shepherd vessels, the Japanese struck the Sun Laurel – a Korean-owned fuel tanker which Mr Watson claims the Nisshin Maru was using to refuel.
Mr Watson says the Sea Shepherd crew have been “passed a note in a bottle” by the Sun Laurel crew, “saying they are being held against their will”.
A third Sea Shepherd vessel in the area was not hit.
The group's Southern Ocean campaign is
being run by its Australian branch. An order issued by a United States court in December has
banned the US
branch from going within 500 yards (457m) of Japanese whaling vessels.
As a result of that order, Paul Watson
resigned from all his positions within the organisation. However, he remains at
sea as an observer.
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8/03/2013 12:43:56 p.m.
Doug Johnson wrote:
God Speed Sea Shepherds. You are supported by so many of us to save our whales. Do whatever it takes to keep them from killing the last whales in the seas.
23/02/2013 6:50:47 p.m.
Alicia Macnamara wrote:
I support all efforts of Sea Shephard Org.! No Whaling!! Needs to end... Now
22/02/2013 10:41:25 p.m.
has everyone forgot, the Japanese decimated the Tuna fishing industry by deceitful means, they will decimate nature in everyone else's backyard and hide behind a veil of honour
21/02/2013 2:25:04 p.m.
Paul Watson should be ashamed of himself putting his crew at risk like that. How would he feel if one of his followers was killed due to his stupid attention-grabbing actions?
21/02/2013 11:52:53 a.m.
ana morris wrote:
ITS TIME THE WORLD UNITED ON THIS, AND DIDNT LEAVE ALL THE DIRTY WORK TO SEA SHEPHERD. THEY ARE HEROES AND I LOVE PAUL WATSON. THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE WORLD SHOULD SANCTION JAPAN FOR BREAKING THE DAMN LAW!! BOYCOTT JAPAN FOR WHALES AND DOLPHINS.
21/02/2013 11:17:07 a.m.
Just the mere fact that the japs go into a SANCTUARY to fish shows the respect these people have for the the planet and the enviroment. It would be the same for me to go fishing in a marine reserve. Its something you just DON'T do. Have that race ever been taught any manners ? They continue to look foolish to the rest of the world and should hang their heads in SHAME.
21/02/2013 10:50:20 a.m.
Agree with you MATTY
21/02/2013 2:07:39 a.m.
Paul Watson Is my hero
20/02/2013 11:14:03 p.m.
Brett Easton wrote:
I'am very proud of you Paul Wastons and your very brave crew,I only wish the Australian government had your back bone.
20/02/2013 10:13:01 p.m.
@ Dan It's illegal to refuel in the area where the whalers are (below 60') the Nisshin Maru runs on heavy fuel oil and it has been ruled illegal to use that in the antarctic for TWO years!! Let me suggest that you studied the rules and regulations before you make a fool out of yourself!!
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