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Rat infestation leaves rogue ship stranded off Alaska
Reuters ^ | October 3, 2011 | Yereth Rosen

Posted on 10/04/2011 6:20:43 AM PDT by decimon

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - A rogue fishing vessel caught in the North Pacific four weeks ago was stranded off the coast of Alaska on Monday while authorities prepared to remove the crew and kill a large number of rats on board, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said.

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The rats found on board pose another environmental problem: Potential invasion by a nonnative species that could wipe out large numbers of Alaska seabirds and other natural life.

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The case is challenging for law-enforcement because the ship is not registered in any country, Francis said.

The crew claimed the ship was registered as Indonesian, but the Indonesian government denied such registration, she said. "At that point they became stateless," she said.

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(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; US: Alaska
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1 posted on 10/04/2011 6:20:44 AM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

How about just towing the derelict vessel back out to see and sinking her? Problem solved.


2 posted on 10/04/2011 6:24:02 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: decimon

If it has no registry, then no one will care if we tow it out to deep water and simply sink it.


3 posted on 10/04/2011 6:24:02 AM PDT by NVDave
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To: decimon

Sink the stinkin’ boat! Problem solved.


4 posted on 10/04/2011 6:24:19 AM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: NVDave

Great minds think alike!


5 posted on 10/04/2011 6:24:56 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: decimon

A rat infested ship? Sounds like the White House.


6 posted on 10/04/2011 6:25:37 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: decimon
Rat infestation leaves rogue ship...alaska

I thought this thread was about Palin's efforts to clean out government.

Thinking of the two main parties: the party of "Can" and the party of "Rat".

7 posted on 10/04/2011 6:25:55 AM PDT by C210N
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

But the rats - “Watership Down”?


8 posted on 10/04/2011 6:26:09 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

“nuke it from orbit, it’s the only way to be sure.”


9 posted on 10/04/2011 6:26:51 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: decimon

Tow her out to sea and send her to the bottom.


10 posted on 10/04/2011 6:27:06 AM PDT by cripplecreek (MLB Playoff thread http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2786167/posts)
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To: decimon
It looks seaworthy.../SAR

The Bangun Perkasa is seen on Sept. 9 as it was intercepted by the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Munro.
11 posted on 10/04/2011 6:27:12 AM PDT by TSgt (When in the Course of human events...)
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To: decimon
Look. Here's a picture of that ship....
 


12 posted on 10/04/2011 6:27:39 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS! This means liberals AND libertarians (same thing) NO LIBS!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Yes, if it was way out, rats can swim..It would have to go really far far out


13 posted on 10/04/2011 6:29:19 AM PDT by mel (There are only 2 races decent and undecent people)
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To: TSgt

Could use some Rustoleum.


14 posted on 10/04/2011 6:30:05 AM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

If the ship is “stateless”... and I assume that means no country/person wants to claim it as theirs... perhaps it can be used as some sort of training vessel for the military. Let them blow it sky high and use it as a training session. (of course, I am probably the only one who thinks PETA will step in and declare that the rats must be saved immediately)


15 posted on 10/04/2011 6:30:35 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: MrB

“nuke it from orbit, it’s the only way to be sure.”
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Best movie quote ever... except for: “Ya!... But it’s a DRY HEAT!


16 posted on 10/04/2011 6:33:18 AM PDT by Colonel Kirtz (Those prepared to give their lives in freedom's cause....... come over to me.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
How about just towing the derelict vessel back out to see and sinking her? Problem solved.

Rats are smart MFs; if you connect towing lines to that ship someone better stand by with pest shot or your own ship will soon have the infestation.

Even if you did that the sheer number coming down that li e might overwhelm the shooter. There's no way I'd take that job if it were my ship.

17 posted on 10/04/2011 6:33:40 AM PDT by jtal (Runnin' a World in Need with White Folks' Greed - since 1492)
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To: Scotsman will be Free

These rats in the boat must be saved! The rats in D.C.......................not so much.


18 posted on 10/04/2011 6:33:55 AM PDT by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

RATS can Swim.....

Ask Obama


19 posted on 10/04/2011 6:33:55 AM PDT by marty60
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To: decimon

20 posted on 10/04/2011 6:35:42 AM PDT by kidd (Perry is a "conserbatib" - voting "conservative" while holding your nose)
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To: jtal

“Say, could you share that ‘tractor beam’ technology with us? It sure would be handy.”


21 posted on 10/04/2011 6:37:27 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: decimon

Interesting - so according to the above posts, threatened environmental imapct, just the threat of it, grants Hostis humani generis status, the same status afforded to pirates and slavers.

Seems to me an enterprising salvor should enter the vessel, gas it with ricin, and then put a salvage lein on it, bring it to port and then arrest the vessel.


22 posted on 10/04/2011 6:40:44 AM PDT by frithguild (We admitted we were powerless over government - that out lives had become unmanageable)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
How about just towing the derelict vessel back out to see and sinking her? Problem solved.

1) The EPA will have to do an environmental impact study.
2) The EPA will determine that before the sinking can be accomplished, ALL contaminants must be removed from the vessel
3) The EPA will request Congress to provide funding for this emergency operation.
4) Congress will be deadlocked over where it must cut spending in order to get the money. At the same time, Obama will announce that he will veto any plan that does not include tax increases on everyone who earns a salary except SEIU members.
5) While beaurocrats and politicians dither,the winter expansion of the "shrinking" polar ice cap will enclose the ship's hull and soon crush it.
6) The US taxpayers will foot the bill to clean up the oil that will drift ashore after the ice melts.

23 posted on 10/04/2011 6:41:17 AM PDT by Roccus (Obama & Holder LLP, Procurers of fine arms to the most discerning drug lords (202) 456-1414)
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To: decimon
Rats Fun Facts

Can rats swim?

Rats can hold their breath for three minutes and can tread water for three days. Norway rats (the kind you're likely to see in US cities) can swim as far as half a mile in open water. They can also dive through water plumbing traps and swim through sewer lines against strong water currents. No wonder these little guys have been around for so long!

24 posted on 10/04/2011 6:41:34 AM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (Shaking My Head on a daily basis)
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To: Eagle of Liberty

Well.... after that bit of biological information, I am on board for nuking it from space. LOL!


25 posted on 10/04/2011 6:43:16 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Eagle of Liberty

The North American Beaver can hold its breath for half an hour.


26 posted on 10/04/2011 6:46:17 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: NVDave

“If it has no registry, then no one will care if we tow it out to deep water and simply sink it.”

EPA will,

IIRC, all petroleum products and other hazardous materials must be removed prior to scuttling a ship.


27 posted on 10/04/2011 6:48:59 AM PDT by BwanaNdege (“Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address” - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: decimon

http://www.scaryforkids.com/three-skeleton-key-free-horror-story/


28 posted on 10/04/2011 6:49:59 AM PDT by FLAMING DEATH (Are you better off than you were $4 trillion ago?)
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To: momtothree
Well.... after that bit of biological information, I am on board for nuking it from space. LOL!

Unless they survive the blast! Ha!
29 posted on 10/04/2011 6:54:44 AM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (Shaking My Head on a daily basis)
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To: BwanaNdege

Yep.

http://water.epa.gov/type/oceb/guidance.cfm


30 posted on 10/04/2011 6:56:19 AM PDT by BwanaNdege (“Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address” - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: momtothree

Yea, Nuke them....But remember how Godzilla got started...


31 posted on 10/04/2011 6:57:03 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: decimon
Most of Alaska has remained rat free.

They go to great lengths to keep it that way.

Hard to believe Anchorage has managed so far with all the traffic through there. When I lived there it was a major issue for equipment coming in.

http://www.stoprats.org/

32 posted on 10/04/2011 6:57:05 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

How did they get the crew off without bringing rats with them, if the infestation is as bad as that?


33 posted on 10/04/2011 7:15:58 AM PDT by Tomato lover (We need an army of Herman Cain voters!!)
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To: FLAMING DEATH

I was going to post that. I recently heard it done on an old radio show from the 40’s or 50’s. It’s a really scary tale.


34 posted on 10/04/2011 7:20:05 AM PDT by Crawdad
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To: Eagle of Liberty

“Unless they survive the blast!”

Isn’t an urban legend (or perhaps biological fact?) that cockroaches would definitely survive the blast. Perhaps a gang of Cairn Terriers or Rat Terriers let loose on that ship would have a positive outcome! My Cairn is packed and ready to go!


35 posted on 10/04/2011 7:45:34 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Tomato lover

Good question.
I know that Seattle has really big rats from its port activity.


36 posted on 10/04/2011 7:49:00 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: decimon

The ship and its cargo are completely forfeit, and by the law of the sea the crew are pirates. Therefore, the best solution is for the whole vessel and its contents to be scuttled, the crew arrested and tried as pirates, using photographic evidence.

No way should this be permitted into a US port.


37 posted on 10/04/2011 8:02:13 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: decimon
The rats found on board pose another environmental problem: Potential invasion by a nonnative species that could wipe out large numbers of Alaska seabirds

Life imitates art... Our ship of state is infested by a nonnative species of 'rats that could wipe out large numbers of American freebirds.

38 posted on 10/04/2011 8:03:52 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: thackney
Most of Alaska has remained rat free.

They go to great lengths to keep it that way.

I don't know that these sorts of rats could survive that climate without us. We provide them food and housing.

39 posted on 10/04/2011 8:07:46 AM PDT by decimon
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
The ship and its cargo are completely forfeit, and by the law of the sea the crew are pirates. Therefore, the best solution is for the whole vessel and its contents to be scuttled, the crew arrested and tried as pirates, using photographic evidence.

I guess the crew could claim to believe the ship is registered. That claim could even be true.

40 posted on 10/04/2011 8:10:56 AM PDT by decimon
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
The North American Beaver can hold its breath for half an hour.

I once held my breath for 4 minutes during an encounter with a North American Beaver.

41 posted on 10/04/2011 8:15:19 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: decimon

1. Take all crew off that do not want to die.

2. Sink the damn ship.


42 posted on 10/04/2011 8:39:57 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Tomato lover

I imagine they would copter them off, then put our own people aboard to solve the rat problem.


43 posted on 10/04/2011 1:16:38 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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