Coast Guard continues operation to sink derelict vessel

17th Coast Guard District NewsJuneau, Alaska – The Coast Guard Cutter Anacapa will continue with its plan to sink the derelict fishing vessel Ryou-Un Maru 180 miles west of Sitka today.

The scheduled operation was delayed due to a fishing vessel operating in the vicinity of the Ryou-Un Maru. The master initially expressed an interest in salvaging the derelict vessel, but once on scene determined it was not safe to salvage or tow the vessel and they left the area.

“Once the fishing vessel Bernice is safely out of the area, we will continue with our operation to sink the hazard to navigation,” said Capt. Daniel Travers, Coast Guard District 17, Chief of Incident Management.” “Our primary goal is to ensure the safety of this operation and all mariners.”

The Ryou-Un Maru was sighted by the Canadian coast guard more than a week ago drifting in Canadian waters. The vessel drifted into U.S. waters Saturday and has been determined to pose a threat to navigation. The fishing vessel has been drifting unmanned at sea, presumably since the 2011 Fukoshima earthquake and subsequent tsunami which occurred more than a year ago.

The Coast Guard Cutter Anacapa is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Petersburg, Alaska.

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