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Note:  A lot of people thought the Sea Shepherds’ campaign last year against the corporate Japanese whaling fleet shut them down for good in their illegal attempt to kill whales.  They were run off last year by the Sea Shepherds, but the corporate elite will do what they can get by with to make money; including the slaughter of whales in the protected Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. The confrontations between the Sea Shepherds and the corporate Japanese whaling fleet receive tremendous media coverage in Aotearoa (New Zealand), Australia and Japan. -The GJEP Team

Steve Irwin Responding to Distress Call from the Brigitte Bardot

December 28, 2011

Brigitte Bardot in the Mediterranean. photo: Michelle McCarron

While fighting heavy seas in pursuit of the Japanese whaling fleet, the Sea Shepherd scout vessel Brigitte Bardot was struck by a rogue wave that has cracked the hull and severely damaged one of the pontoons on the vessel.

Captain Paul Watson, onboard the Sea Shepherd flagship Steve Irwin,reports that they are fighting heavy seas to reach the position of theBrigitte Bardot some 240 miles to the southeast. It is expected to take twenty hours to reach the damaged vessel.

The Brigitte Bardot is at 51 degrees 42 minutes South and 99 Degrees 21 minutes East, or 1500 miles southwest of Fremantle, Western Australia.

Brigitte Bardot Captain Jonathan Miles Renecle of South Africa was pursuing the Japanese factory ship Nisshin Maru in six meter swells when the wave slammed into the port side of the vessel cracking the hull. The crack has been getting wider as the seas continue to pound the vessel.

Captain Renecle is confident that the ship will stay afloat until the Steve Irwin arrives. The Brigitte Bardot has a crew of ten: three British, three American, one Australian, one Canadian, one Belgian and one South African.

The Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker will continue in pursuit of the whaling fleet. The Steve Irwin will assist theBrigitte Bardot, first to see to the safety of the crew, and then to escort the vessel to Fremantle for repairs.

“This is disappointing but these are hostile seas and we have always been prepared for situations like this,” Said Captain Paul Watson from the Steve Irwin. “Right now the safety of my crew on the Brigitte Bardot is our priority and we intend to reach the crew and then do what we can to save our ship.”

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Article source: GJEP Climate Connections Blog

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