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Most crew leaves US Navy ship stuck in Philippines

The USS Guardian, a US Navy minesweeper, after running aground off Tubbataha Reef, a World Heritage Site in the Sulu Sea, 640 kilometers southwest of Manila in this January 17 photo released by the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command. AP/AFP WESCOM

MANILA, Philippines—The U.S. Navy says for safety reasons, most crew members have left a minesweeper that ran aground on a coral reef in the Philippines.

The Navy’s 7th Fleet said Friday that initial efforts to free the USS Guardian during a high tide were not successful. As a precautionary measure, 72 of the 79 crew were transferred to a support vessel.

It says a small team of personnel will remain aboard and attempt to free the ship with minimal environmental impact. The remaining seven sailors, including the commanding and the executive officer, will also be transferred if conditions become unsafe.

The ship struck a reef Thursday while in transit through the Tubbataha National Marine Park, a World Heritage Site in the Sulu Sea, 640 kilometers (400 miles) southwest of Manila.

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Tags: Tubbataha National Marine Park , USS Guardian , World Heritage Site

  • To_Be_Continued

    DFA: “We are now asking our government agencies to investigate the incident and make an assessment on the damage caused by this and the legal obligation,”

    When the hegemonist chinese warship got stucked in the same situation months ago and damaged our corals within our EEC of the Western Philippine Sea, we were on a “standby” to be called by china for assistance. No one at DFA lifted a finger to prtest the INTENTIONAL intrusion.

    Now that an ally got into the same situation, you “will investigate” and ask for damages !!!

    Thank you for making all of us look stoopid and mindless benjamin droolers. Pagkatapos niyong ipakita na wala tayong mga bay_ag sa panduduro ng mga tsino, may mukha pa kayong pagkaperahan and kaalyado nyo.

  • DakuAkongUtin

    Ayan  na , mag leleak yan ng oil . Consider na wasak na ang Tubbahata Reef. This is a  pristine breeding ground for fish and wildlife in the Sulu Sea, nagsuspply ito ng mga isda sa Visayas at Mindanao for human consumption.
    Putang ina kayong mga US navy  !  Putang ina kayong mga taga gobyernong Tagalegleg sa Maynila for allowing these white and Negro trash to shzt these rich marine sanctuary. Ang kabuhayan ng mga isda at supply of fish for Visayas at Mindanao is now being threatened.
    Fck you DFA Del Rosario at mga tagalegs for allowing these US Navy to shzt our inland waters just bec of Chinese rise as a global power. Ngayon patuloy ang pag chupapa ninyo sa mga puti na yan. Dios Ko santisima Maria !

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/NYKIOQEDTUD4FPPPVHP6XMFNEA Raul

      In the last several days, the air pollution in Beijing has gone literally off the charts: the levels are so bad that they go well beyond the worst possible rating on the official air quality index. Every day, at roughly the same time, our site China Air Daily documents China’s air pollution in five Chinese cities. I thought the new year had started out well. Beijing, for one, had quite a few clear days with blue skies. Then the new year’s record of clean air was swept away. The air got so bad that friends have told me the filthy air actually has been waking them up in the middle of the night. 

      For someone who has been following Beijing air pollution for years, this latest period has been surprisingly bad. I’ve seen too many completely smoggy days. I’ve also seen the worst week since Christmas 2007, when Beijing registered a 500 (the maximum on the government’s data scale). This past week the air quality readings have been much worse and stayed dangerously high for much longer than late 2007. 
      I’ve read much about how bad the air can get in Beijing and other Chinese cities. But what  sticks in my mind is a great experiment conducted by Greenpeace East Asia on eight volunteers who also wanted to find out how much dust their lungs would collect over 20 hours. What Greenpeace did was genius: tagging each volunteer with an air filter that connects with a breathing simulator through a pipe for a day. The team photographed the air filters before and after the experiments. The result is a striking visual warning about the most persistent public health hazard in many Chinese cities.

  • NaUnsa

    I’m wondering if they drop poisonous chemicals to damage the whole ecosystem so that Filipinos food supply will be scarce. This could trigger famine in the Philippines and one of their tools to decrease world population. They should investigate the water content around and under the ship to make sure there’s no harmful chemicals for the whole environment. 
    The government should invest on sensors or detectors, radars & satellites for complete surveillance of the Philippine territory. We need to design and manufacture our own surface-to-air missiles or underwater missiles with capability equivalent or better than S-300 or Patriot systems. I’m hoping that our head of government that will truly defend the Philippines will wake up.

    • http://twitter.com/Joe_The_Kano Joe Kano

      Are you realy serious with this baloney?
      Someone should drop a nutjob detector in front of you and see what happens.
      Or an idiot detector.

      • NaUnsa

        Stay focus of the main concern here! Snake!

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    calling the abu sayyaf
    resbakan na ninyo
    sa mga ginawa ng imperyalista
    sa inyo

    maraming ransom ito

    ng mapalayas lahat
    ng imperyalista

    lalo na sa bangsa moro

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