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.
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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