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Sea Shepherd Crewmember knocked into frigid Antarctic waters by Japanese Water Cannon
The incident happened at 67 Degrees 05 minutes South and 163 Degrees 59
minutes West about 580 miles off Marie Byrd Land at 1700 Hours (Eastern
Australia Standard Time).
In an effort to slow down the tailing harpoon vessel, the Steve Irwin
deployed three inflatable boats and a jet ski in an attempt to force the
Yushin Maru No. 2 to fall behind to allow the Steve Irwin to
Beck was knocked off his jet ski into subzero Antarctic waters when he
was struck in the chest by one of the water cannons on the harpoon vessel.
The Yushin Maru No. 2 did not stop to offer assistance.
Mr. Straussner was able to swim to his jet ski and was able to get
underway again. He returned to the Steve Irwin some nine miles away.
In response to the question of how he felt about the incident, Beck laughed
and said one word � �cold.�
Beck Straussner is from Maui, Hawaii and is the 2nd Officer on the Steve Irwin.
A Sea Shepherd Small Boat tries to prevent
the Yushin Maru 2 from aggressively tailing the Steve Irwin
Sea Shepherd Crew Member Beck Straussner gets
knocked off Jet Ski by Water Cannon