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Investigation: Both captains to blame for ship collision

Peter Bethune, captain of the Ady Gil (Courtesy of CNN) Peter Bethune, captain of the Ady Gil (Courtesy of CNN)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (WKOW) -- An investigation shows the captains of a Japanese whaler and a protest boat are both to blame for a collision on the high seas off Antarctica earlier this year.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society had accused the Japanese ship of deliberately ramming its boat the Ady Gil on Jan. 6.  The collision sliced the bow off the vessel and eventually caused it to sink.

The whalers denied it, saying the Ady Gil's captain put his vessel in the their path.

Government safety agency Maritime New Zealand said the masters of both the Ady Gil and the whaler Shonan Maru No. 2 "were responsible for either contributing to, or failing to respond to the 'close quarters' situation that led to the collision."

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