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Three Sea Shepherd Crewmembers Injured in Skirmish with Japanese Harpoon Vessel

January 17, 2012

Three Sea Shepherd Crew Injured in Skirmish with Japanese Harpoon Vessel

January 18th, 2012

Yushin Maru crew dropping metal objectsYushin Maru crew drop grappling hook on
Sea Shepherd small boats causing
injury to crewmembers
The Japanese whalers have escalated their aggression by throwing iron grappling hooks at Sea Shepherd boats.

Two Steve Irwin crew were struck in the shoulder with iron grappling hooks and one crewmember was struck twice in the face with a long bamboo pole.

The Yushin Maru No. 2 continues to tail the Steve Irwin. The incident occurred at 0400 Hours AEST at 64 degrees 17 minutes South and 155 degrees 41 minutes East. This is about 300 miles north of Mawson Peninsula off the George V Land coast of Antarctica.

“Our small boats were attempting to slow down the Japanese harpoon vessel Yushin Maru No. 2, which is aggressively tailing the Steve Irwin,” said Captain Paul Watson.

Yushin Maru sprays Delta boat with water cannonYushin Maru sprays Delta boat with water cannonAmerican crewmember Brian Race, (25) from New York, was jabbed twice in the face with a bamboo pole receiving lacerations above his right eye and on his nose.

Russell Bergh of South Africa, (35) a cameraman for Animal Planet, was struck in the right arm and shoulder with an iron grappling hook thrown from the harpoon vessel resulting in deep bruising.

Photographer Guillaume Collet of France, (27) was also struck in the right arm and shoulder by an iron grappling hook resulting in deep bruising.

There were no injuries incurred by any of the crew on the Japanese vessel.

Two of the three harpoon vessels have been assigned to tail Sea Shepherd ships, effectively knocking out two of the three killing boats.

“We are almost at the limit of the eastern boundary of their self assigned hunting area,” said Captain Watson. “We should be getting close.”

Major damage to Sea Shepherd Delta boat from grappling hooks thrown by Japanese whalers. Photo: Billy DangerMajor damage to Sea Shepherd Delta boat from grappling hooks thrown by Japanese whalers. Photo: Billy Danger Injuries of Sea Shepherd crew members from grappling hooks thrown at them in an attack by Japanese whalers. Photo: Billy DangerInjuries of Sea Shepherd crew members from grappling hooks thrown at them in an attack by Japanese whalers.
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Major damage to Sea Shepherd Delta boat from grappling hooks thrown by Japanese whalers. Photo: Billy DangerMajor damage to Sea Shepherd Delta boat from grappling hooks thrown by Japanese whalers.
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Injuries of Sea Shepherd crew members from grappling hooks thrown at them in an attack by Japanese whalers. Photo: Billy DangerInjuries of Sea Shepherd crew members from grappling hooks thrown at them in an attack by Japanese whalers.
Photo: Billy Danger
Moments before a Sea Shepherd crew member is injured by a grappling hook thrown by Japanese whalers. Photo: Billy DangerMoments before a Sea Shepherd crew member is injured by a grappling hook thrown by Japanese whalers.
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Moments after a Sea Shepherd crew member is injured by a grappling hook thrown by Japanese whalers. Photo: Billy DangerMoments after a Sea Shepherd crew member is injured by a grappling hook thrown by Japanese whalers.
Photo: Billy Danger
Sea Shepherd crew member Brian Race with head injuries from attack by Japanese whaler. Photo: Billy DangerSea Shepherd crew member Brian Race with head injuries from attack by Japanese whaler.
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Sea Shepherd crew member Brian Race with head injuries from attack by Japanese whaler. Photo: Billy DangerSea Shepherd crew member Brian Race with head injuries from attack by Japanese whaler.
Photo: Billy Danger
Sea Shepherd crew member Brian Race being injured as he is struck in the face with a pole by a Japanese whaler. Photo: Billy DangerSea Shepherd crew member Brian Race being injured as he is struck in the face with a pole by a Japanese whaler.
Photo: Billy Danger
Sea Shepherd crew member Brian Race being injured as he is struck in the face with a pole by a Japanese whaler. Photo: Billy DangerSea Shepherd crew member Brian Race being injured as he is struck in the face with a pole by a Japanese whaler.
Photo: Billy Danger

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