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Capt. Paul Watson reports as sealers attack protestors off the coast of Nova Scotia
by Pete S
01 Apr 2005
Press Release direct from the Farley Mowat
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
PO Box 2616, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 31,
Captain Paul Watson's reports from the bridge of the Farley Mowat:
1400 Hours AST - Nineteen Sea Shepherd crew are on the ice approaching the
sealing vessel Brady Mariner. The Coast Guard vessel Amundsen has dispatched
a helicopter towards our crew. The crew are approximately one half a
nautical mile from the Farley Mowat. I informed the Fisheries Officer on the
Amundsen that they were not in violation because no one is sealing. They
said they were. We see no evidence of this. The Coast Guard helicopter has
just flown over the Farley Mowat towards the crew and landed near them then
took off again.
At 1405 Hours AST - Seven of our international volunteer crew members,
including Lisa Moises, Lisa Shalom, Jon Batchelor, Jonny Vasic, Jerry
Vlasak, Adrian Haley, and Ian Robichaud, were assaulted by sealers from the
sealing vessel Brady Mariner. They were punched and hit with clubs and
1415 Hours AST - The crew are returning to the ship. A Coast Guard
helicopter has landed by some of the crew. They may be arresting them.
I have officially requested that assault charges be brought against the
sealers. They will most likely ignore my request. The bottom line is that
crew members were taking pictures and they were assaulted and injured.
1430 Hours AST - Some of the crew have made it back to the ship but not all
of them. The Coast Guard icebreaker Amundsen has pulled up behind the Farley
Mowat, cutting thru the ice to cut off the rest of the crew from getting
back on the Farley Mowat. The crew still on the ice are being arrested.
1520 Hours AST - The Farley Mowat is under attack. 11 crewmembers have been
arrested by the Mounted Police for taking pictures of sealers.
We are asking everyone to contact the media by email, fax, or phone and give
them our contact information.
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