- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

PORT ARANSAS, Texas (AP) - The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has scuttled a derelict freighter in the Gulf of Mexico for use as an artificial reef and a new home for marine life.

A Parks and Wildlife statement says the 155-foot Kinta S was sunk Wednesday in 75 feet of water eight miles off the Mustang Island shore near Corpus Christi.

The 38-year-old Japanese-built vessel is the largest ship the state has scuttled for use as a reef since the 473-foot Texas Clipper went down 17 miles off South Padre Island in 2006.

The Texas artificial reef program has sown 68 reef sites in the Gulf since 1990, ranging in spread from 40 to 360 acres.

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