Coast Guard finishes report on Guardian grounding, refuses to reveal details

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THE Philippine Coast Guard has submitted its report on the grounding of US Navy ship USS Guardian in Tubbataha Reef in January, but it refused to reveal its contents.

Coast Guard commandant Rear Admiral Rodolfo Isorena said on Friday the report will be given to Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, who will hand it to President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
Isorena said he is not authorized to give out any details about the report. He said, however, that it includes references that will be helpful in preventing another grounding incident in Tubbataha.
On April 22, the Philippine Maritime Casualty Investigation (PMCI) received documents on the incident from the US Navy when they visited the US Naval base in Yokosuka, Japan.
Commodore Enrico Evangelista, PCG commandant in Palawan and the vice chairman of PMCI, said the documents were help them immensely in completing their report.
The Guardian, a minesweeper, got stuck in the reef, which has been designated as a marine sanctuary, on January 17.

 

The ship had to be cut into sections and it took about two months before the last section was removed.

In earlier reports, the Tubbataha Management Office said the Guardian could be fined up to $1.5 million or P58.4 million. FATIMA CIELO CANCEL

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