Friday, April 6, 2012

Tsunami Ghost Ship Sunk by the US Coast Guard near Alaska

A Japanese "ghost ship" which was washed out to sea in last year's tsunami disaster has been sunk by the US Coast Guard near Alaska.

Machine-gun blasts were unleashed on the unmanned 164ft vessel amid concerns it was a collision risk to other ships.

The gunfire caused it to burst into flames and take on water, the Coast Guard said. It was later seen listing some 170 miles from the Alaskan coast.

Further shots were fired to finish the job and it took about four hours in all to sink.

Plans to send Ryou-Un Maru to the sea bed had earlier been put on hold because a fishing boat was nearby. Read More