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Sea Shepherd Ship Severely Damaged by Rogue Wave


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 the Brigitte 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.

Posted by onestepforward | Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:49 PM (9 replies)

Sea Shepherd: All 3 of our ships depart today

Tweeted 2 hours ago:

"SeaShepherd Sea Shepherd
All 3 of our ships depart today for the Southern Ocean. Operation Divine Wind has begun."

As usual, I wish the Sea Shepherds the very best. I am concerned this year seeing that the whalers received $30 million, which was intended for tsunami relief, to boost their fleet's defenses.

Stay safe, Sea Shepherds!
Posted by onestepforward | Thu Dec 15, 2011, 04:17 PM (29 replies)

Hello Texas DUers!

Big wave to all from Houston!
Posted by onestepforward | Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM (33 replies)
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