Kaiko Maru no longer in distress

12 February 2007, 9:10pm

Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) has spoken further to the Master of a Japanese vessel Kaiko Maru after he reported there had been a collision between his vessel and Robert Hunter, an anti-whaling protest vessel this afternoon.

The Master reported that he was no longer in distress, did not require any assistance and was able to continue under his own power. Search and Rescue Officer Dave Wilson says all vessels in the area need to make safety their number one priority.

“Whilst we understand the issues involved we ask all parties to exercise restraint and not compromise the safety of human life.”

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