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Barrett808 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-12-07 03:40 PM
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22. Greenpeace aids Japanese whaling ship after collision
An anti-whaling activist vessel collided with a Japanese whaling ship last night - and Greenpeace was first to the aid of the Japanese crew.

Whaling vessel the Kaiko Maru issued a distress call after colliding with the Robert Hunter, a boat owned by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Sea Shepherd leader Paul Watson said the confrontation happened when the Robert Hunter caught the Japanese ship bearing down on a pod of whales.

As rescue services in New Zealand struggled to gather details of the incident, Greenpeace vessel Esperanza raced to help the whaling ship.

"We completely condemn any violent action by anyone. Potentially endangering lives in the middle of the Southern Ocean is unacceptable," said Karli Thomas, expedition leader on board the Esperanza.

The New Zealand-based Rescue Co-ordination Centre said last night that the ship was no longer in distress and was able to continue under its own power.


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