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Coast Guard Sinks Abandoned Japanese Shift Adrift In Gulf Of Alaska

April 06 2012


A U.S. Coast Guard cutter has sunk a Japanese ghost ship off the Alaskan coast that had been drifting since the last year's tsunami, reports CBS News.

In March 2011, the 164-foot Ryou-Un Maru was docked in Hokkaido, Japan, destined for scrapping, when it was dislodged by a tsunami triggered by a massive earthquake.

The Coast Guard decided to sink the empty ship this week because of the hazard it posed to shipping lanes, said officials.

On Thursday afternoon, the cutter...

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