US Navy ship stuck on coral reef in Philippines

USS Guardian
USS Guardian

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - The U.S. Navy says one of its ships has run aground on a coral reef in the Philippines but that the crew is safe.

The Navy says the crew of the minesweeper USS Guardian is working to determine the best method of safely extracting the ship. It got stuck Thursday at the Tubbataha National Marine Park, a World Heritage Site in the Sulu Sea, 640 kilometers (400 miles) southeast of Manila.

The ship had just completed a port call in Subic Bay, a former American naval base west of the Philippine capital. The Guardian is deployed in Japan.

It's not clear if the ship caused damage to the coral reef. In 2005, the environmental group Greenpeace was fined almost $7,000 after its flagship struck a reef in the same area.

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