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Coast Guard overflight reconfirms position of unmanned Japanese vessel (video)


GULF OF ALASKA — A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircrew from Air Station Kodiak locates the unmanned and unlit Japanese fishing vessel Ryou-Un Maru 170 nautical miles southwest of Sitka in the Gulf of Alaska and deploys a self locating data marker buoy to help track the vessel's drift April 4, 2012.
The vessel, set adrift by the 2011 Fukushima earthquake and subsequent tsunami, entered was first noticed by the Canadian Coast Guard and entered U.S. waters April 1, 2012.
U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.
GULF OF ALASKA -Petty Officer 2nd Class Manuel Izquierdo (left), an aviation maintenance technician with Air Station Kodiak, acts as a safety observer while Petty Officer 1st Class Brandon Kelly (right), also an aviation maintenance technician with Air Station Kodiak, prepares to drop a self locating data marker buoy from the ramp of a Kodiak-based HC-130 Hercules airplane airborne over the Gulf of Alaska April 4, 2012. The buoy will allow the Coast Guard to continue to track the unmanned and unlit Japanese fishing vessel Ryou-Un Maru as it drifts northwest. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.
GULF OF ALASKA — Petty Officer 2nd Class Manuel Izquierdo (left), an aviation maintenance technician with Air Station Kodiak, acts as a safety observer while Petty Officer 1st Class Brandon Kelly (right), also an aviation maintenance technician with Air Station Kodiak, prepares to drop a self locating data marker buoy from the ramp of a Kodiak-based HC-130 Hercules airplane airborne over the Gulf of Alaska April 4, 2012.
The buoy will allow the Coast Guard to continue to track the unmanned and unlit Japanese fishing vessel Ryou-Un Maru as it drifts northwest.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.
GULF OF ALASKA - The unmanned Japanese fishing vessel Ryou-Un Maru drifts northwest approximately 170 nautical miles southwest of Sitka April 4, 2012. The Coast Guard is monitoring the vessel, which is currently considered a hazard to navigation, and working with stakeholders to determine the best way to respond to the vessel's presence in U.S. waters. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.
GULF OF ALASKA — The unmanned Japanese fishing vessel Ryou-Un Maru drifts northwest approximately 170 nautical miles southwest of Sitka April 4, 2012.
The Coast Guard is monitoring the vessel, which is currently considered a hazard to navigation, and working with stakeholders to determine the best way to respond to the vessel's presence in U.S. waters.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.
For more information please contact Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow at 907-209-9960 or Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley at 907-227-9248.

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