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Video: Last Moments aboard Ady Gil before rammed by Japanese whaling ship

by Takver - Australia Indymedia
The last three minutes on board the Sea Shepherd advanced tri-maran powerboat, the Ady Gil, before it was rammed by the Japanese whaling security vessel the Shonan Maru 2, shows the Sea Shepherd volunteers relaxing. 3 harpoon vessels had already passed with no incident, lulling the crew into a false sense of security that the last vessel would also observe maritime navigation rules, but instead turned directly towards them purposefully ramming and cutting their ship in two and threatening their lives.
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At 2mins 30 sec and again at 3 mins into this video, which stops at 3:20 just before initial impact, the Shonan Maru turns to starboard putting both vessels on a collision course.

The video shows the volunteer crew discussing their fuel situation, relaxing, and farewelling their friends on the Sea Shepherd vessel, the Bob Barker.

Maritime navigation regulations state that the Shonan Maru should give way to ships off its starboard bow.

The master of the ship with right of way needs to continue on the same course and speed. Evasive action should only be taken by the master of the ship with right of way if collision is imminent.

The Ady Gil was not designed for quick maneuverability at low speed, it could only go backwards and forwards in this type of situation.

It was only at the point of when the ships were about to collide that the crew realized what was going to happen, and the prop wash shows the ship gunning its engines right before collision. After the collision the Ady Gil moves itself backwards, meaning the apparent prop wash was most likely an attempt at moving the Ady Gil out of the path of the Shonan Maru 2.

The video shows the Shonan Maru 2 going out of its way to get into the path of the Ady Gil, and the collision that resulted that threatened the lives of the 6 Sea Shepherd volunteers on board.

OffIcial investions have commenced in New Zealand, the flag state for the Ady Gil, and n Australia who is responsible for search and rescue where the collision ocurred. Requests have been made to Japan for an official investigation and to cooperate with the other investigations.
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