A US navy official says the grounded USS Guardian is badly damaged and its fuel must be removed before the ship can be lifted from the Tubbataha Reef.
However, it could take about a week more before the trapped minesweeper is removed from the world heritage site when bigger US ships arrive in the area for the salvage operations.
The USS Guardian ran aground in Tubbataha last week and has caused damage to about a 1,000 square meters of corals. - ANC, Top Story, January 24, 2013
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