According to a Sea Shepherd press release, Capt. Pete Bethune, formerly of Earthrace/Ady Gil, attempted to arrest the captain of Shonan Maru 2 , the whaling vessel that rammed into Ady Gil on January 5, 2010, ultimately causing it to sink.
The press release states: “[Bethune’s] mission [was] to attempt a citizen’s arrest of the skipper of the Shonan Maru 2 for the destruction of the Ady Gil and attempted murder of the six Ady Gil crewmembers. At 0600 hours, Capt. Bethune (of New Zealand) left the Sea Shepherd ship Steve Irwin on a Jet Ski driven by Larry Routledge (of Great Britain). The Jet Ski lay in wait for the Shonan Maru 2 to approach. With the Japanese vessel making 14 knots through the water, Routledge maneuvered the Jet Ski into position under the anti-boarding spikes along the port side of the Shonan Maru 2.”
Bethune also intended to issue the captain a bill for three million dollars – the cost of replacing Ady Gil.
Bethune said he will not return to Sea Shepherd until the Shonan Maru 2’s captain has surrendered to either Sea Shepherd or to Australian or New Zealand authorities at the closest port.
Sea Shepherd anticipated Bethune being captured by the Japanese and, according to another press release on February 20, this is indeed the case. No word yet on whether Bethune will be released.
Watch this space.
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