The ship tried again in 1973. This time, the French navy stopped the [Vega] by boarding it. Greenpeace members were beaten, and David McTaggart, the president of Greenpeace, suffered a serious eye injury.
Greenpeace militants may have seemed foolhardy for sailing a yacht into a zone where nuclear bombs were fired into the air, but the resulting publicity, especially the photos of French sailors roughing the Greenpeace crew, embarrassed France.
According to these accounts, agents put sugar into the fuel tanks of Greenpeace ships, sprinkled powder on food to sicken Greenpeace crew members, tampered with delivery of documents, and induced some crew members to desert.