From: St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
ORIGINAL: Mike Solli
I'll bet those guys had a blast shooting that thing up.
nothin' like an impromptu live-fire exercise, to lively up* the crew's morale!
i'd sorta scanned some headlines at various web-news sites:
1) tsunami-survivor 'ghost ship' observed drifting, but
2) it's a radioactive Fukushima survivor,
3) some fishing boat claims salvage, then
4) USCG goes medieval on it.
in truth, i never read any of the articles, but i'm assuming they were all about the same vessel, somewhere in Alaskan waters?
* dual reference here, to "Lively up yourself, 'cos reggae's not bad", & to Captain Aubrey's work w/ HMS Lively, his crew loved the great-gun exercise, especially when they had a 'real' target in their sights.
I did read a few articles and apparently we didn't just go Rambo on our on initiative. After international deliberations it was decided that sinking it and allowing it's fuel to evaporate into the sea was preferred over allowing to remain adrift where it might become a hazard to shipping lanes and eventually run aground in a locale that it could pollute. I am certain though that the USCG was more than happy to accommoadate the international communities wishes.