Bomb Threat on the Steve Irwin
Report from 2nd Officer Pedro Montiero
At around 11:15pm (Monday, March 2) Tasmanian Police came to the Steve Irwin gangplank and asked the gangplank watch Julie to get the highest ranking officer on board. They stood at the gangplank and reported to me that "someone called in a bomb threat about 20 minutes ago, stating that it would detonate in 30 minutes. You therefore have 10 minutes left." I immediately went to the bridge, rang the abandon ship alarm, than announced the bomb threat on the speaker system. There were five people on board besides me.
Five crewmembers were onboard, some crew were ashore and five others were on King Island rescuing stranded pilot whales.
In total, four police cars showed up. The police believe they have a suspect. They were able to trace the call, so they know where it was made, and where the phone is registered. After waiting past the bomb detonation time Ben and I searched the ship for any suspicious objects, then brought the rest of the crew onboard for a more thorough search. No bombs have been discovered.
The Tasmanian Police were very helpful in this matter and seem to think they have a good chance of finding the person responsible.
Sounds as if the Australian police will be happy to target actual criminals, as opposed to doing the Japanese Fisheries Agencies dirty work. Nice to see.