Sea Shepherd: Narrow Escape for the Gojira

It appears the Japanese have decided to make a habit out of ramming Sea Shepherd’s fast pursuit boats.  Last year they deliberately rammed and sank the Ady Gil, which was out of fuel and dead in the water and yesterday they tried to sink the Gojira, Sea Shepherd’s replacement for the Ady Gil.

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Narrow Escape for the Gojira

Friday, February 04, 2011

The Yushin Maru No. 3 deliberately turned into Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s ship the Gojira today in an attempt to ram and destroy the fast multi hulled vessel skippered by Captain Locky MacLean.

“It was like staring death in the face when that steel hull suddenly turned into us. We just narrowly avoided being cut in half,” said Captain MacLean.

Both vessels were on a parallel course, with the Yushin Maru No. 3 on the starboard side of the Gojira. Suddenly the Yushin Maru No. 3 made a hard turn to their port in an attempt to disable the Gojira.

Captain MacLean saw this in time to hit the throttle, effectively avoiding collision with the Yushin Maru No. 3 with the stern of the Gojira by a mere 10 feet.

Delta boat operator Chad Halstead narrowly avoided being injured when one of the whalers threw a bamboo spear at the boat crew. Sea Shepherd crew recovered a few of these potentially lethal bamboo spears.

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