Website is launched offering online tour of the wreck
Today, the fallen warrior sits at the bottom of Matauri Bay. It has become an underwater refuge for corals, fishes, small animals and many other marine life. A website offering an online tour of the wreck has just been launched at www.rainbow-warrior.info/en. It also provides an interactive insight into the history of the wreck, with interviews, photos and videos.
Bombs planted on ship
After a French agent obtained information of the protest, the French government initiated "Opération Satanique" — to sink the ship to prevent it from disrupting the nuclear testing.
On the evening of 10 July 1985, as the ship was docked at Auckland Harbour, on its way to the Pacific, French agents attached limpet mines to the hull and propeller shaft of the Rainbow Warrior. The first bomb exploded at 11.38pm, and the other one a while later, killing Greenpeace photographer Fernando Pereira.
In December 1987, the wreck of the Rainbow Warrior was sunk in Matauri Bay, to serve its final mission — as an underwater refuge and artificial reef for corals, sea anemones and fish. Today, in its final resting place, it has become a popular wreck to dive, and a symbol of peace and life.
Online Tour: www.rainbow-warrior.info/en
Info Link: www.greenpeace.de/../rainbow-warrior