110-day ocean hunt ends with Sea Shepherd rescuing alleged poachers

Story highlights

  • Sea Shepherd rescues the crew of an alleged poaching ship it had chased for 110 days
  • The conservationist group had pursued the vessel since it was found illegally fishing off Antarctica, it says
  • Sea Shepherd captain tells CNN he believes the ship was deliberately sunk to destroy evidence

(CNN)A 110-day cat-and-mouse chase spanning from Antarctic waters to the coast of west Africa had an unlikely end when the crew of an alleged poaching vessel were rescued by conservationists pursuing them.

Environmentalist group Sea Shepherd had been tailing the Thunder -- subject of an Interpol "purple notice" for suspected fraud and fisheries-related crimes -- since its ship the Bob Barker encountered it in the Southern Ocean several months ago.