Greenpeace ship in Russian arctic towed to port
MOSCOW (AP) - The Russian Coast Guard is towing a Greenpeace ship toward the nearest port after armed officers stormed it following a protest against oil drilling in Arctic waters.
The agency said on Friday that the ship's captain refused to operate the Arctic Sunrise, so a Coast Guard ship has arrived at the scene to tow the ship to the city of Murmansk. The trip will take three to four days.
One of the activists aboard the vessel, Faiza Oulahsen, told the AP late on Thursday that about 15 armed men had boarded the Arctic Sunrise, aggressively herding 29 activists into one compartment. The vessel's captain was held separately on the bridge.
"They used violence against some of us, they were hitting people, kicking people down, pushing people," she said in a phone call from the ship.