A while back we posted about a bomb threat against the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s ship, the Steve Irwin. Well, the mystery has been solved: a drunk fisherman called in the threat on his cell phone from his ship across the harbor.
Kenneth James Archer admitted to calling in the threat because of a “dispute” with the crew members of Sea Shepherd. Police tracked him down because he made the call to the police from his cell phone.
Archer had been drinking at the time and was embarrassed by the whole ordeal. In court, the judge recognized this and issued a fine of $1,500 as the only punishment.
“We are satisfied with the sentence,” said Captain Paul Watson. “The man was drinking and obviously angry and he acted irrationally. No one was hurt, but I think the fine is appropriate for compensating the police for their time and effort.”
Sea Shepherd also said they were glad to see the purpitrator apprehended after commenters on Planetsave and other websites accused the organization of fabricating the bomb threat for media attention.