Protesters from the environmentalist pressure group, Greenpeace, attempted to halt the dumping of radioactive waste off the Spanish coast on September 1 & 2.
GV Greenpeace protesters in rubber dinghys following Dutch ship 'Scheldeborg'.
SV Barrels of radioactive waste being dumped in sea in front of protesters.
GV Greenpeace ship 'Sirius'.
SV Barrels of waste dumped in front of protesters.
CU Spanish mayor Francisco Xavier Albalo seared in dinghy.
SV Dinghy moving at speed.
SV ZOOM OUT 'Sirius' at speed following dumping vessel.
SV Barrels of waste being dumped in front of Spanish mayor's dinghy.
GV PAN FROM 'Sirius' TO dinghys moving in front of dumping vessel. (2 SHOTS)
SV Barrels being lowered and then dropped on top of dinghy. Dutchman Gijs Thieme falls into water.
SV Thieme gets back aboard dinghy and shouts to crew in English and crew shout back cursing in English.
SV Thieme moving off in dinghy.
SV Crane operators stopped operations.
CU Sailor at wheel on board 'Sirius'.
GV Spanish fishing vessel alongside Dutch dumping vessel.
SV Spanish parliamentarian Jose Basque Fous coming aboard 'Sirius'.
SV Man at wheel and signor fous speaking to skipper of 'Sirius' planning protest for next day. (2 SHOTS)
SV Hatches on board dumping ship are closed as 'sirius' follows. (2 SHOTS)
GV Two Spanish fishing vessels coming alongside Dutch vessel ZOOM INTO protesters in dinghys moving alongside. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: Protesters from the environmentalist pressure group, Greenpeace, attempted to halt the dumping of radioactive waste off the Spanish coast on September 1 & 2. The Dutch ship, 'Scheldeborg', had been chartered by the Energy Research Centre in the Netherlands to dump 3,100 tonnes of radioactive waste into the Atlantic Ocean some 700 kilometres off Spain. The Greenpeace tactic was to position their inflatable dinghys under the barrels of waste as they were dropped over the ship's side and prevent them entering the sea. Among those on board the Greenpeace vessel 'Sirius' were a sympathetic Spanish mayor, Francisco Xavier Albalo, and the Spanish parliamentarian, Jose Basque Fous. They witnessed the protest during which 32-year-old Dutchman, Gijs Thieme narrowly escaped serious injury when his dinghy capsized in the attempt to catch the barrels of waste. The captain of the 'Scheldeborg' refused to continue dumping waste after this incident and the Greenpeace vessel eventually left Spanish waters, calling a halt to its protest. Earlier, a Dutch court failed to uphold an appeal to prevent the 'Sirius' entering the dumping area but agreed to levy a 250,000 dollar fine on the group if it made the dumping impossible. Greenpeace officials later denied their withdrawal from the area was linked to the fine.