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Re: Coast guard to sink ship
A lot of the comments are pretty idealistic.
"Why not tow it someplace?" - At who's cost? What do you do with it once it's there? And what if it starts to leak near the shore?
Someone mentioned it could be towed without anyone having to go aboard. Really? What are they going to do? Harpoon it with tow lines?
Or hey, why not tow it back to Japan? Yeah, because burning 20k gallons of diesel on the tow back is a lot more environmentally friendly than sinking 2k gallons of the stuff.
Heck, I'd be surprised if various armed forces wouldn't line up to pay to sink it, just for the target practice.