Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Sea Shepherd anti-whaling speedboat collides with Japanese vessel

What truly amazes and shocks me is the abundance of resources that Greenpeace and other eco-emotion groups are able to put in the field. They are literally awash in cash.

Six crew members of hi-tech boat resembling stealth bomber rescued after bow sheared off in clash with whalers in Antarctica
A hi-tech anti-whaling speedboat resembling a stealth bomber had its bow sheared off and was taking on water today after it collided with a Japanese whaling ship in Antarctica.

The six crew members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society speedboat were safely rescued.
The clash was apparently the most serious in the past several years, during which the marine conservation group has sent vessels into far southern waters to try to harass the Japanese fleet into ceasing its annual whale cull.
The society said its boat the Ady Gil was hit by the Japanese ship the Shonan Maru near Commonwealth Bay and had its bow sheared off.
"The condition of the Ady Gil now is that it is inoperable and the crew of the Ady Gil has been transferred to our other vessel, the Bob Barker," Locky Maclean, the first mate of the society's lead ship told Australian Broadcasting Corpation radio.
The Ady Gil's captain had stayed on board to try to save equipment "before it floods too severely," he said.
Clashes using hand-thrown stink bombs, ropes meant to tangle propellers and high-tech sound equipment have been common in recent years, as have collisions between ships. Read more.

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