Rogue Wave Damages Anti-Whaling Vessel

Steve Irwin racing to help stricken Brigitte Bardot

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 29, 2011 2:27 AM CST

(Newser) – A rogue wave off Antarctica has dealt a major setback to conservationists' efforts to thwart Japan's annual whale hunt. The wave hit the Sea Shepherd Society's Brigitte Bardot as it chased the Nisshin Maru factory ship, badly damaging one of its pontoons, the BBC reports. Another boat, the Steve Irwin, is racing to help the stricken vessel. The group says the Bardot's 10 crew members were not injured, and the boat is in no danger of sinking in the icy water, reports AP. It will be towed to Australia for repairs, leaving a third boat, the Bob Barker, to hunt Japan's whaling fleet alone.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's scout vessel Brigitte Bardot was seriously damaged by a giant wave in the Antarctic Sea, the group says.   (AP Photo/Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Michelle McCarron)
This photo provided by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society shows damage to their scout vessel Brigitte Bardot.   (AP Photo/Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Simon Ager)
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