The Ady Gil’s six-person crew have been rescued after the incident.
The clash was apparently the most serious in the past several years that the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has sent vessels into far southern waters to try to harass the Japanese fleet into ceasing its annual whale cull.
The society said Ady Gil was hit Wednesday by the Japanese ship the Shonan Maru near Commonwealth Bay.
Locky Maclean, the first mate of the society’s lead ship told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio; “The condition of the Ady Gil now is that it is inoperable and the crew of the Ady Gil has been transferred to our other vessel, the Bob Barker”.
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