Coast Guard fires on Japanese ghost ship

In a photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard the unmanned Japanese fishing vessel Ryou-un Maru dirfts northwest in the Gulf of Alaska approximately 164 miles southwest of Baranof Island Wednesday April 4, 2012. The vessel has been adrift since it was launched by the tsunami caused by the magnitude-9.0 earthquake that struck Japan last year. The Coast Guard is monitoring the vessel, which is currently considered a hazard to navigation. (AP Photo/Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis, U.S. Coast Guard)The U.S. Coast Guard says a Japanese vessel set adrift by last year’s tsunami has sunk in the Gulf of Alaska, ending its long, lonely voyage across the Pacific Ocean.

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