Drifting ship to be sunk by Coast Guard

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Drifting ship to be sunk by Coast Guard

Updated at 10:03 am today

The United States Coast Guard is preparing to sink a Japanese fishing boat adrift off the coast of Alaska that was washed out to sea by last year's tsunami.

The 60-metre Ryou-Un Maru has no lights, power or crew and the Coast Guard says it is a danger to other ships.

The Ryou-Un Maru.

The Ryou-Un Maru.

PHOTO: AFP/ US Coast Guard

It is currently about 170 nautical miles south-west of Sitka, Alaska.

The BBC reports the derelict vessel is thought to be at the front of a stream of tsunami debris that has been drifting east since the earthquake and tsunami on 11 March 2011.

The Ryou-Un Maru was first spotted off the coast of British Columbia on 23 March. It is moving at about 1km/hr.


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