Australia is to send a ship to pick up two environmental activists who have boarded a Japanese whaler. The men from the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd apparently wanted to deliver a protest letter against the Japanese expedition to study and kill whales.
International Director for Sea Shepherd Jonny Vafic said: “They have basically been tied to the rails for several hours in the freezing cold and they were taken down and locked in a room.”
The Australian foreign minister said a ship will collect Briton Giles Lanes and Australian Benjamin Potts. The vessel, which has been monitoring the whalers, will pick up the pair and transfer them to their own boat.
Japan plans to kill about 1,000 whales as part of what it describes as a scientific research programme.