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More cannon fire unleashed at Japanese ghost ship

US Coast Guard unleashes cannon fire at Japanese ghost ship set adrift by last year's tsunami By The Associated Press

OVER THE GULF OF ALASKA (AP) ' The U.S. Coast Guard is unleashing more cannon fire in an effort to sink a Japanese vessel set adrift by last year's tsunami.

Coast Guard Lt. Veronica Colbath in Juneau says shelling resumed about two hours after the first volleys Thursday afternoon caused the ship burst into flames, take on water and list.

The abandoned 164-foot Ryou-Un Maru has been on a long, lonely voyage across the Pacific Ocean since the Japan earthquake struck. It had been destined for scrapping, so it doesn't contain any cargo.

The Coast Guard decided to sink it in the waters of the Gulf of Alaska, rather than risk the chance of it running aground or endangering other vessels.

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