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Sea Shepherd Rocking and Rolling on New Year’s Eve
Pushing our way northward through heavy seas escorting the Brigitte Bardot. The Brigitte Bardot is holding together and the crew are heroically weathering the rough rock and rolling. Not very pleasant on the Steve Irwin either. The Shonan Maru #2 continues to pursue the Steve Irwin at a distance of five nautical miles to our stern. All three ships are 800 miles South of Fremantle. Much further Southeast, the Bob Barker continues to pursue the Nisshin Maru. No whales will be taken by the close of 2011.

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Die Bob Barker war deutlich vor der Steve Irwin bei der beschädigten Brigitte Bardot, übergab etwas Material und Kraftstoff und setzte sich dann auf Weisung von Paul Watson wieder ab, damit die Bob Barker nicht von der japanischen Waljagdflotte entdeckt würde. Damit mussten die 10 Mann an Bord des Bootes Brigitte Bardot weitere 10 Stunden allein durchhalten bis zum Eintreffen der Steve Irwin.

A stricken Sea Shepherd vessel floundering in the Southern Ocean was abandoned by an anti-whaling ship from the same fleet because of fears a sustained rescue would have revealed the location of the second ship to Japanese whalers.

The Bob Barker was the first to respond to a distress call from the Brigitte Bardot, damaged by a rogue wave in heavy seas on Wednesday evening, 2400km south-west of Fremantle.

In a secret operation yesterday morning, the Bob Barker reached the Brigitte Bardot, which had been taking in water and had a large crack on its port side.

The vessel handed over supplies, fuel and material to help with makeshift repairs and then left, leaving the crew of 10 on the damaged ship to wait another 10 hours for the Sea Shepherd’s flagship, the Steve Irwin.

Sea Shepherd leader Paul Watson defended the decision to abandon the Brigitte Bardot and its crew in the icy waters of the Southern Ocean, saying the group could not afford to let the Japanese fleet know where the Bob Barker was. The Japanese have tailed the Steve Irwin since Christmas Day but the Bob Barker has eluded detection.

The damaged vessel was asked by the Australian Maritime Safety Rescue Co-ordination Centre to switch on equipment that would enable it to be tracked as part of the rescue operation, a move Capt. Watson said could have exposed the Bob Barker to a tail.

„The Bob Barker had to get away from the Brigitte Bardot because we can’t have the Japanese finding the Bob Barker,“ he said.
Anti-whaling crew abandoned ….

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