Water flooded to US warship before retrieval-A A +A
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
WATER was flooded inside the US Navy warship which ran aground in Sulu to prevent it from turning over before its retrieval, an official said.
Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) spokesman Commander Armand Balilo said the process allows stability to the ship and prevent it from turning over causing further damage to the Tubbataha Reef.
Balilo added that two crane ships which will elevate the USS Guradian and an 800-tonne crane ship which will help in the salvage operation are already on their way.
Personnel from the US Marine Environmental Protection also took water samples to ensure there are no contaminations and that the marine habitat and ecosystem in the reef are still within normal levels.
A total of 15,000 gallons of fuel was siphoned from the USS Guardian yesterday to prepare it for the retrieval operation which is set to start upon the arrival of the salvage ships.
Earlier, the United States said they are willing to pay for the damages to the Tubbataha reef caused by their ship. (Sunnex with wire reports)