Ship without crew members sunk by US coastguard

By Vessels

For almost a year of floating in the ocean Ryou-Un Maru’s (Japanese fishing vessel) adventure came to his end.
The ship had to be sunk by US Coast Guard. Swept out by the last year tsunami in Japan the vessel is not in operation and without crew members.
The 164 ft. (50 m) ghost boat survived an initial barrage of 25mm shells that left it ablaze but still afloat. After dousing the flames, coastguard vessels opened fire again with more powerful explosives, which sent it more than 1,000ft to the bottom of the sea about 180 miles off the coast of Alaska.
The 4 hour fight to sink the vessel had been already delayed for several hours after a Canadian fishing boat made an unsuccessful attempt to take control over the Ryo-Un-Maru. Floating in busy marine routes between North America and Asia was not acceptable. Something had to be done.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency made decision to destroy the ship and let the fuel evaporate in the water.