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Barrett808 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-12-07 12:57 PM
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17. NZ investigating collision between whaling and protest ships
A collision between a Japanese whaling ship and an anti-whaling protest vessel in the Southern Ocean is being investigated by New Zealand rescue authorities.

Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) is trying to gather more information about an incident in the Southern Ocean after they received a distress call from the master of a Japanese vessel Kaiko Maru about 4pm today.

The master reported there had been a collision between his vessel and Robert Hunter, an anti-whaling protest vessel run by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Sea Shepherd leader Captain Paul Watson said the confrontation occurred when the conservation group's vessels, the Robert Hunter and the Farley Mowat, caught the Japanese ship bearing down on a pod of whales.

"At one point the Kaiko Maru turned to starboard and struck the Robert Hunter," Sea Shepherd said in a statement.

"The Kaiko Maru has issued a distress signal. We have acknowledged this distress signal but they refuse to say what distress they are in."


So far we understand that neither vessel is in danger of sinking and that there are no injuries but we need to find out the exact status of both vessels so we can work out our options."


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