The Coast Guard Sure Blew The Hell Out Of The Japanese Ghost Ship

When we told you yesterday that America was gonna give that derelict tsunami boat a nautical spanking, it was no joke: here's photographic proof of the brutal attack on the poor, unarmed shrimping vessel. Kaboom. The seas are safe again.

Judging by the roaring flames and dozens of enormous shell holes from the 25mm cannon, I think the Coast Guard's operation was a success. And indeed, they say it was:

The Japanese fishing vessel, Ryou-Un Maru, [showed] significant signs of damage after the Coast Guard Cutter Anancapa fired explosive ammunition into it 180 miles [290km] west of the Southeast Alaskan coast April 5, 2012. The derelict fishing vessel sank at 6:15PM.

Glug glug glug. God, that must have been a lot of fun. Like, the best day of work of all time. How badly do you think the crew of the Anancapa stared at that cannon, longingly, every day, just hoping they'd be able to let 'er rip with round after round of explosive ammo? With an urgency that'd make Neptune quiver, I reckon.

Thus ends the saga of the Ryou-Un Maru, which roughly means "Fishing Luck" in Japanese. Not quite. [US Coast Guard]

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