Gillard calls for investigation into anti-whaling ship crash
January 8, 2010 - 8:49AM
Acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard has ordered the Australian maritime Safety Authority to investigate the high seas crash between an anti-whaling ship and a Japanese vessel in Antarctic waters earlier this week.
However, she has rejected calls to send a Government vessel to Antarctica to monitor the whaling conflicts, saying it would not help.
After seeing footage of the crash, Ms Gillard said it was miraculous no lives were lost.
The Sea Shepherd anti-whaling organisation and the Japanese have released duelling footage of the crash, however both appear to show the Ady Gil protest boat moving slowly when the Japanese vessel switched course and headed for it.
Maritime law specialists say charges are likely to be laid over the collision, but it's too early to say against who.
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