Japanese Whaling Ships Rams Sea Shepherd's Ships

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Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd says a Japanese whaling ship has rammed its two protest ships, and that one of them, the Bob Barker, is taking on water.
 Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's Captain Paul Watson,has posted on his Facebook page this afternoon, that  the Nisshin Maru had rammed both the Steve Irwin and the Bob Barker "but both vessels continue to hold their positions. The Bob Barker is taking on water in their engine room''.
bob brown Bob Brown, Sea Shepherd director and former Greens leader in Australia ,has called on the federal government to send the navy to Antarctic waters.
"This is a gross breach of international law by the Japanese,'' Dr Brown told reporters in Melbourne today.
 "I'm calling the Australian government to dispatch naval vessels now - not just to film the slaughter of the whales by the Antarctic fleet but to restore international law.
"This is a gross breach of international law by the Japanese,'' Dr Brown told reporters in Melbourne today.
 
"I'm calling the Australian government to dispatch naval vessels now - not just to filmthe slaughter of the whales by the Antarctic fleet but to restore international law.
"Tokyo is not in control of ... Australian waters.''
The latest incident was in the Southern Ocean, north of the Australian Casey Research Station.collision
From aboard the Steve Irwin, Paul Watson said  the Bob Barker, with 38 crew aboard, was hit a number of times as they tried to stop the Nisshin Maru from refuelling, which he says is illegal in the Southern Ocean.
''(It) has lost power, toppled the main mast, smashed up the deck.''
A mayday has been issued but the crew had managed to stop water from coming in, he said.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is responsible for responding to maydays in that part of the ocean. The authority is in the process of responding.

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