14 May 2013

Skipper drops legal action against Sea Shepherd

3:16 pm on 14 May 2013

The skipper of a $5 million yacht has ended legal action against anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society over the ship's sinking.

The Ady Gil was hit by a Japanese whaling ship in the Southern Ocean in 2010 and sank.

Skipper Pete Bethune said the Ady Gil was deliberately scuttled as a public relations stunt and took legal action against Sea Shepherd, which he says made an agreement to pay him money if the ship was lost or damaged.

However, Mr Bethune now says he has reached an out-of-court settlement with the conservation group which involved him being paid an undisclosed sum of money.

Mr Bethune says he and Sea Shepherd are working together.