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Greenpeace Ship Returns After Clash With Incinerator Ship

June 22, 1988

LONDON (AP) _ A Greenpeace ship headed back to port today after its radar and radio were damaged in a clash with a vessel that had been burning Spanish toxic waste in the North Sea, the organization said.

The environmental group said that although it failed to stop the vessel, it had succeeded in publicizing the problem of burning toxic waste.

″We have highlighted what is being attempted here - the burning off in the North Sea only 100 miles from the coast of Britain and the Netherlands waste which the Spanish firmly believe is too damaging to burn off their coast,″ said Andy Booth, Greenpeace’s North Sea campaigner.

He spoke from aboard the Moby Dick.

The confrontation came in the North Sea about 100 miles off England’s eastern coast Tuesday after two Greenpeace activists tried to climb aboard the Liberia-registered incinerator ship Vulcanus II.

Booth said that as Phillip Cade and Hugh Stirling tried to board the ship, crew members released high-pressure water hoses on them. Cade and Stirling were pushed into the sea and the Moby Dick’s electrical equipment and bridge were damaged.

The two men were not seriously hurt.

Booth said the Moby Dick was headed for Great Yarmouth, England. He said his group would try to repair the ship as soon as possible to return to the area.