Plan is to sink drifting ‘tsunami boat’

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A Canadian fishing vessel on Thursday claimed salvage rights to the Japanese ghost ship that was dislodged and set adrift by last year's tsunami, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Spokesman Paul Webb says the Coast Guard will hold off on its planned sinking of the abandoned 164-foot Ryou-Un Maru until the 62-foot Bernice C arrives.

Webb said if the Canadians are unable to tow the ship, the Coast Guard will sink it as planned.

"It's a strange twist, but that's how things go," Webb said.

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