Originally Posted by captnjack
So "intending to board" another vessel is a crime? I would have thought the actual boarding was the crime. Collision/ramming is the only crime I'm seeing committed here so far. Perhaps its justified but at least with land based trespass we don't typically use uncontrolled forces (car ramming?) to prevent that in the West.
Have to agree with you Captn.
If I tell people I'm going to climb a tall building to hang a protest banner from it, do it peaceably and not hurt anyone; then as I am driving towards it I, usually, would not expect to get rammed by a police car.
Certainly if I was mad enough to attempt to do this then the police are right to prevent me so that I do not cause damage - intentional or not. But there are limits to their powers to prevent me. Ramming my car and possibly causing further danger to life and limb is an excessive amount of force and not appropriate to the circumstance. Surely that applies here as well?
Just because it is the sea and they can do it with the power of their boats does not mean that they should - or should be allowed to do so.
On the lighter side it does bring to mind one little sib with two Guards (Irish police) on board that rammed into Donegaldans Deep Six under the O'Connell Bridge in Dublin one fine afternoon.
Seems they were sent out to find out why a flotilla of English / Welsh and Irish boats was on its way up the Liffey. Thought it was some sort of protest they did.
With a few chosen words Donegaldan soon put them to right