April 5th, 2012
02:01 AM ET

U.S. Coast Guard to sink Japanese boat washed away by tsunami

The U.S. Coast Guard has deployed a ship to sink a fishing trawler that was swept away more than a year ago by the tsunami off the coast of Japan and is now adrift near Alaska.

The crew of the coast guard's 110-foot CG Cutter Anacapa plans to assess the deserted trawler's condition Thursday morning, said Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow.

If its assessments are satisfactory, the crew will attempt to sink the vessel, named the Ryou-Un Maru, with the 25-millimeter cannon on board the cutter, Wadlow said.

The rust-stained trawler is part of a giant debris field in the Pacific Ocean that was generated by the devastating wall of water that struck northeastern Japan following a magnitude 9 earthquake on March 11, 2011.

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Filed under: 2011 tsunami • Alaska • Canada • Japan • U.S.
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Superman

    Just recycle it and sell it back to them

    April 5, 2012 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. Hello Kitty

    I fear there is more to come soon for these unfortunate people... I wish them well.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bill

    Watch they shoot the wrong ship and sink a cruiseship. Lmao

    April 5, 2012 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. leeintulsa

    i'm surprised that country doesn't want the boat back to put in some kind of memorial museum..

    April 5, 2012 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. Superman

    Watch it be a ghost ship , its really there but its unsinkable

    April 5, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Ohhh...shades of the Black Pearl....

      April 5, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. ♔Mmmmm♕

    great target practice...better than beer cans...

    April 5, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. MW Moore

    Did anyone find Renfield? and a coffin on board? hee hee hee

    April 5, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |