Or to be correct, one Peter Bethune, who jumped aboard the Shonan Maru 2 from a Jet Ski on Monday with the stated goal of making a citizen's arrest of the ship's captain, while handing over a $3 million bill for the destruction of his protest ship last month.
It seems Mr. Bethune is upset that the Shonan Maru 2 rammed (or was rammed) by the Ady Gil. The collision seems to have destroyed the Ady Gil, causing fuel and other pollutants to be leaking into the ocean.
An anti-whaling activist from New Zealand was in custody on a Japanese vessel and will likely be taken to Japan to face charges after secretly boarding the ship as part of a protest, officials said Tuesday.I was under the impression that the Captain of a vessel at sea was the last of the absolute monarchs. That his or her word was law aboard his or her ship (Naval experts please correct me if I'm wrong.). So it would be in keeping with such a tradition of the sea that if the Captain of the Shonan Maru 2 wanted to hang Mr. Bethune from the highest yardarm (whatever that is), or have Mr. Bethune walk the plank (film it and sell the rights to the film), that would be acceptable.
Asked whether the whaling vessel would bring Bethune to Japan for questioning, top government spokesman Hirofumi Hirano said: "We are coordinating based on that understanding. We are finalizing details on how to handle this under Japanese law."
The brazen boarding was the latest escalation by the U.S.-based Sea Shepherd activist group meant to hamper the whaling activities of the Japanese.
Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research, which sponsors the whale hunt, said Bethune used a knife to cut the vessel's protective net to enable his boarding and that he told whalers he then threw the knife into the sea. The crew treated him for a cut on his thumb he received while boarding, the institute said.
Japanese Fisheries Minister Hirotaka Akamatsu told reporters he wants the activist handed over to Japan's Coast Guard for investigation. Under Japanese law, intruding on a Japanese vessel without legitimate reasons can bring a prison term of up to three years or a fine up to 100,000 yen (US$1,100).
Bethune was being held in a room by himself with 24-hour guards posted outside, Fisheries Ministry official Toshinori Uoya said.
Strange how Mr. Bethune and Sea Shepherd are so concerned about the law, considering they broke it in their attack on the Shonan Maru 2. An attack that started with the Ady Gil firing shells at the Shonan Maru 2.
If hanging or the plank is not good enough for you, perhaps these suggestions from Captain Jack will do.
What shall we do with a drunken sailor? Sparrow style