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Rammed anti-whaling boat Ady Gil sinks off Antarctica

January 7, 2010 |  7:14 pm

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s anti-whaling interceptor boat Ady Gil sank in the icy waters off Antarctica today, two days after it was rammed by a 1,000-ton Japanese whaling vessel, a spokeswoman for the militant conservation group said.

The sleek, carbon-fiber speedboat, whose bow was sheared off in the collision, was being towed when ropes holding it in place behind a rescue ship snapped, possibly because it had taken on water, said spokeswoman Amy Baird.

“Fortunately, all fuel and lubricants had been removed from the Ady Gil hours earlier,” Baird said.

The Ady Gil’s six crew members were rescued after the collision by the crew of the Bob Barker, a former Norwegian whaler purchased and refitted with a $5-million donation to Sea Shepherd from television personality Bob Barker, host of TV’s "The Price Is Right" for 35 years.

The Ady Gil was purchased with a $1 million donation by Ady Gil of Woodland Hills, co-owner of American Hi Definition Inc., one of Hollywood’s leading providers of video production trucks, custom control rooms and camera systems to entertainment and corporate clients.

--Louis Sahagun