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Coast Guard cannon fire sinks Japanese ghost ship

Petty Officer 2Nd Class Charly H / AP

In this photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, a plume of smoke rises from the derelict Japanese ship Ryou-Un Maru after it was hit by canon fire by a U.S. Coast Guard cutter on Thursday.

Petty Officer 2Nd Class Charly H / AP

In this photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, a plume of smoke rises from a derelict Japanese ship.

AP reports: The long, lonely voyage of the Japanese ghost ship is over.  A U.S. Coast Guard cutter unleashed cannon fire on the abandoned 164-foot Ryou-Un Maru on Thursday, ending a journey that began when last year's tsunami dislodged it and set it adrift across the Pacific Ocean.

It sank into waters more than 1,000 feet deep in the Gulf of Alaska, more than 150 miles from land.

RAW VIDEO: In this U.S. Coast Guard video, a USCG boat fires on a Japanese ship adrift off the coast of Alaska in an attempt to sink the unmanned vessel and clear it from shipping lanes.

 

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