Skip to comments.Rat infestation leaves rogue ship stranded off Alaska
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.
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.
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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How about just towing the derelict vessel back out to see and sinking her? Problem solved.
If it has no registry, then no one will care if we tow it out to deep water and simply sink it.
Sink the stinkin’ boat! Problem solved.
Great minds think alike!
A rat infested ship? Sounds like the White House.
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".
But the rats - “Watership Down”?
“nuke it from orbit, it’s the only way to be sure.”
Tow her out to sea and send her to the bottom.
Yes, if it was way out, rats can swim..It would have to go really far far out
Could use some Rustoleum.
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)
nuke it from orbit, its the only way to be sure.
Best movie quote ever... except for: “Ya!... But it’s a DRY HEAT!
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.
These rats in the boat must be saved! The rats in D.C.......................not so much.
RATS can Swim.....
“Say, could you share that ‘tractor beam’ technology with us? It sure would be handy.”
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.
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.
Well.... after that bit of biological information, I am on board for nuking it from space. LOL!
The North American Beaver can hold its breath for half an hour.
“If it has no registry, then no one will care if we tow it out to deep water and simply sink it.”
IIRC, all petroleum products and other hazardous materials must be removed prior to scuttling a ship.
Yea, Nuke them....But remember how Godzilla got started...
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.
How did they get the crew off without bringing rats with them, if the infestation is as bad as that?
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.
“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!
I know that Seattle has really big rats from its port activity.
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.
Life imitates art... Our ship of state is infested by a nonnative species of 'rats that could wipe out large numbers of American freebirds.
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.
I guess the crew could claim to believe the ship is registered. That claim could even be true.
I once held my breath for 4 minutes during an encounter with a North American Beaver.
1. Take all crew off that do not want to die.
2. Sink the damn ship.
I imagine they would copter them off, then put our own people aboard to solve the rat problem.