Posted: Apr 5, 2012 7:37 AM by Associated Press (DS)
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard plans to use explosives to sink a derelict Japanese ship dislodged by last year's massive tsunami.
The shrimping vessel is floating about 195 miles south of Sitka in the Gulf of Alaska. It's traveling about 1 mile per hour.
The ship holds more than 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel and authorities are concerned it could interfere with the course of other vessels. A Coast Guard cutter was headed out to the ship on Thursday with plans to use high explosive rounds to sink the vessel.
The vessel, named Ryou-Un Maru, is believed to be 150 to 200 feet long.
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