Luckily, the Sea Shepherd vessel, the Bob Barker, was close by and was able to pick up the crew. But they were unable to salvage the Ady Gil, which sunk two days later.
You can view a selection of videos from youtube of the Ady Gil and of the collision here.
On 15 February, skipper Pete Bethune boarded the Shonan Maru at night, jumping on board from a jet ski. He intended to carry out a citizen's arrest of the captain, Hiroyuki Komiya, and present him with a US $3 million bill for the loss of the Ady Gil.
Pete was held on board the Japanese ship, and returned to Japan to face a trial on five charges: trespass, causing injuries, forcible obstruction of business, destruction of property and illegal possession of a knife (a pocket knife used by Bethune to cut the anti-boarding net on the Shonan Maru #2).
On the advice of his legal team, when the trial started on 27 May 2010, Pete didn’t plead guilty but he did acknowledge four of the charges. However, he strongly refuted the charge of injuring a Japanese crew member. Pete maintained that any injuries the man received were self-inflicted from the use of his own pepper spray. The first phase of the trial ended on 3 June.
so is that the end of the story?
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