Originally Posted by captnjack
I imagine the whalers are using this as an opportunity to leave the area. That they ignored fellow mariners in distress would almost certainly make the TV show. Sad as I am pretty sure if the Japanese ship were cracked the Irwin would stop for them.
I don't think any such suggestion has been made. One press report suggests that one of the whaling boats is following them to Australia at a distance of 5 miles, its not clear if this is "shadowing" in case the situation worsens or if it is somehow seen as "hostile". Nothing I have seen suggests that Japanese boats have ignored a distress call.
I'm sure the hull breaking up will feature in the programme though - in an over dramatic "the Steve Irwin battles high seas for 24 hours to get to their colleagues in peril... will they make it in time..." type way... ...nobody will question whether a race boat is the best choice of vessel to take to the Southern Ocean and continuously pound day after day or why the Japanese boats are much bigger and stonger built!