Thursday, September 5, 2013

Bombing Of The Rainbow Warrior Ship

Unfortunately the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior affected a lot of people. Overall this was a very tragic event that took place on Marsden Wharf July 10th, 1985. The French spies were sent from the French government to blow up the ship because, the Greenpeace crew were going to French Polynesia to protest against nuclear bombing. But the French didn't like that. So they decided to blow up the boat to stop them from protesting.

People on the ship were having a party to celebrate the 29th birthday of the director for the anti-nuclear movement. But little did they know French spies secretly swam to the bottom of the Rainbow Warrior, then attached two limpet bombs. People on board were oblivious to what was happening. Sometime later the lights flickered and the people thought that another ship had hit them. But no, the ship had been bombed.

Water came rushing inside the boat, “Abandon ship, Abandon ship!” yelled Pete Willcox, the captain. In a state of panic almost everybody escaped. Unfortunately Fernando Pereira was the only one left on the ship but sadly died minutes after the bomb went off.

The spies were arrested and sent to jail for ten years. After they were sentenced the French Government called New Zealand and asked if they could have the French spies, and put them in their jail. If the New Zealand government didn't give them to the French, they would stop buying their products. The New Zealand government thought about it then gave the spies. But the French people only kept them in their jail for 2 years. When they came out of prison they were classed as heroes, when really they hurt a lot of people.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Taeshell,
    This is a well written article on the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior. It contained good facts. That shows me that you managed to do some research. Good research always makes writing more interesting. Keep up the good work.