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October 05, 2011

Rat-Infested Boat Caught 'Pirate Fishing' in US Waters

By Chad Love

So what do you do with a rat-infested fishing boat caught illegally drift-netting and plundering our coastal waters? According to one U.S. senator, we should let the Coast Guard use it for target practice.

From this story on abcnews.com:

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich on Tuesday called on the Coast Guard to sink a stateless, rat-infested vessel accused of illegal fishing. In a letter to the Coast Guard's commandant, Begich said sinking the Bangun Perkasa would send a clear signal that "pirate" fishing is unacceptable to the United States, and won't be tolerated.

"...The Coast Guard seized the vessel Sept. 7, about 2,600 miles southwest of Kodiak, after receiving a report that the vessel was fishing illegally with a drift net. The crew initially claimed the ship was from Indonesia, but Francis said Indonesian officials denied that. Authorities reported finding 30 tons of squid and 30 shark carcasses on board.

They also found evidence of rats. State law prevents ships with rats from entering Alaska waters. The vessel was brought three miles off Dutch Harbor Sunday. On Monday, the 22 crew members were removed and flown to Anchorage, where federal authorities planned to question them. Francis said rat eradication efforts have since gotten under way. Plans call for using traps and poison. Sinking the boat would keep "the rust bucket from ending up back on the market where it most likely will fall into the hands of some other pirate," Begich said.

Using it for "gunnery practice" would also demonstrate the firepower of the Coast Guard's National Security cutters, he said.

What say you, FN readers? Send it to the bottom?

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from Moose1980 wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

Remove all the hazmat and fire at will. It will make a nice fish producing reef!

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from ec_nick wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

HELL yea

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from FOX wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

Why not it will cost less than the targets they use any way.

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from Oryx wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

Tow the shop about 20 miles out. Put the crew in a inflatable and tow them to within 500 yards. Commence firing. When finished, cruise by the inflatable and announce over the PA, "Never do this again...OK, you're all free to go."

Problem solved.

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from thequam wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

I'm with ya moose, get rid of the nasty stuff and start lobbing shells!

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from Steward wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

I always have questions about any government seizing private property (yes, they committed a crime)...
otherwise, I don't care. Fire at will.
Unless you can cut it up for scrap metal and put a few dollars into the state coffers.

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from vasportsman wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

Pirate ship, sunk

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from Mike Diehl wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

Seize all papers and get identifying marks, then use it for target practice. Jail the perps.

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from ggmack wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

fire at will on the ship, then as the rats swim or float away pistol practice time.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

The US govt will seize the ship. That is a given. And it should be seized. However, I think it would be totally stupid to blow it up. Drive it down the coast to Anchorage and scrap it out. The government can use that money to fund the Coast Guard. Absolutely senseless to send it to the bottom of the ocean. Like the pirate fishing community really cares if one of their floating wrecks is sunk or cut up for scrap? Pffft! C'mon! Those guys don't give a flying fig about "messages" like that. Honestly, the mental capacity, or rather lack thereof, of some of our "senior statesmen" is pretty shocking.

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from Dbetzner wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

well the pirates claimed they were from Indonesia, so I say we ship them there. no reason to waste out tax paying dollars and precious jail space on them. message or not the military can always use more trigger time so I say let the coast gaurd fire for effect.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

Let the military shoot at plywood targets like they usually do. More cost effective than sending all that valuable scrap metal to the bottom of the ocean.

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from RangerDansDrink... wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

Tow the boat and crew to 100 miles off the coast of Somalia. Let them fish there.

Maybe they could get a pirate reunion going.

Good luck getting Indonesia to pay that ransom.

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from bass bomber wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

I agree with Ontario Honker, use it for scrap.

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from ADKJG wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

FIRE!

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from shotgunlou wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

I wouldn't let them off the hook, pun intended.

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from Mark Orlicky wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

I say, put the pirates back on the ship, then sink it!

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from trout26805 wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

As a retired Coast Guard Gunner's mate it would be my pleasure to shell this rat boat. I agree with another reader 1st get the hazmat materal off the ship take off the crew and send her to the bottom.
I saw 1st hand off the East coast what illegal fishing does to our waters and I would have no mercy for this boat. Make a reef out of her. Good for the Senator

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from Mike Plotner wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

we should use any unidentafied ship in our waters as target practice

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from Blue Ox wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

Drain it & sink it!

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from Ron Harrington wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

Terrorists- sink it

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from Ron Harrington wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

Terrorists- sink it

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

id be sending some ordinance in the direction of the ship...

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from rampageingapes wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

Destroy it

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from Oryx wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

Tow the shop about 20 miles out. Put the crew in a inflatable and tow them to within 500 yards. Commence firing. When finished, cruise by the inflatable and announce over the PA, "Never do this again...OK, you're all free to go."

Problem solved.

+7 Good Comment? | | Report
from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

The US govt will seize the ship. That is a given. And it should be seized. However, I think it would be totally stupid to blow it up. Drive it down the coast to Anchorage and scrap it out. The government can use that money to fund the Coast Guard. Absolutely senseless to send it to the bottom of the ocean. Like the pirate fishing community really cares if one of their floating wrecks is sunk or cut up for scrap? Pffft! C'mon! Those guys don't give a flying fig about "messages" like that. Honestly, the mental capacity, or rather lack thereof, of some of our "senior statesmen" is pretty shocking.

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from Moose1980 wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

Remove all the hazmat and fire at will. It will make a nice fish producing reef!

+3 Good Comment? | | Report
from ec_nick wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

HELL yea

+3 Good Comment? | | Report
from thequam wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

I'm with ya moose, get rid of the nasty stuff and start lobbing shells!

+3 Good Comment? | | Report
from FOX wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

Why not it will cost less than the targets they use any way.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from vasportsman wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

Pirate ship, sunk

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Mike Diehl wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

Seize all papers and get identifying marks, then use it for target practice. Jail the perps.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Steward wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

I always have questions about any government seizing private property (yes, they committed a crime)...
otherwise, I don't care. Fire at will.
Unless you can cut it up for scrap metal and put a few dollars into the state coffers.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from ggmack wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

fire at will on the ship, then as the rats swim or float away pistol practice time.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

Let the military shoot at plywood targets like they usually do. More cost effective than sending all that valuable scrap metal to the bottom of the ocean.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from ADKJG wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

FIRE!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Mark Orlicky wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

I say, put the pirates back on the ship, then sink it!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Dbetzner wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

well the pirates claimed they were from Indonesia, so I say we ship them there. no reason to waste out tax paying dollars and precious jail space on them. message or not the military can always use more trigger time so I say let the coast gaurd fire for effect.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from RangerDansDrink... wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

Tow the boat and crew to 100 miles off the coast of Somalia. Let them fish there.

Maybe they could get a pirate reunion going.

Good luck getting Indonesia to pay that ransom.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from bass bomber wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

I agree with Ontario Honker, use it for scrap.

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from shotgunlou wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

I wouldn't let them off the hook, pun intended.

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from trout26805 wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

As a retired Coast Guard Gunner's mate it would be my pleasure to shell this rat boat. I agree with another reader 1st get the hazmat materal off the ship take off the crew and send her to the bottom.
I saw 1st hand off the East coast what illegal fishing does to our waters and I would have no mercy for this boat. Make a reef out of her. Good for the Senator

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Mike Plotner wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

we should use any unidentafied ship in our waters as target practice

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Blue Ox wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

Drain it & sink it!

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from Ron Harrington wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

Terrorists- sink it

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from Ron Harrington wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

Terrorists- sink it

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

id be sending some ordinance in the direction of the ship...

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from rampageingapes wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

Destroy it

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