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The Sea Shepherds Lose Friends to the Sea on 'Whale Wars' (VIDEO)

by Mike Moody, posted Jul 18th 2011 8:00AM
whale warsThe cast and crew of 'Whale Wars' (Fridays, 9 PM on APL) broke away from their war to aid in a search for missing sailors in the latest episode, 'Race to Save Lives.'

After being contacted by the New Zealand Navy, The Steve Irwin shifted course to respond to an emergency distress call. The crew made the dangerous trek with the goal of finding and rescuing the lost mariners from a Norwegian sailboat.

After sailing through heavy storms and rough waters, the crew learned that their efforts were not enough -- the rescue authorities called off the search after the discovery of an empty raft. The lost mariners were declared dead.

The crew said a solemn goodbye to the trio of comrades they lost to the sea. Hard times and tragedy are nothing new to the Sea Shepherds, but this blow hit close to home.

Sadly, the missing crewmembers never returned to become "Arctic Knights."

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