Retrieval of US vessel to take 7-10 days

By Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 22 2013 11:27 AM | Updated as of Jan 23 2013 01:58 AM

PALAWAN - The Tubbataha Protective Area Management Board has convened at the Provincial Capitol Building in Puerto Princessa City to discuss the salvage of the USS Guardian minesweeper at the Tubbataha natural marine park.

Palawan Gov. Abraham Mitra said the meeting is to determine the particular stand of the different agencies related to the grounded US vessel.

Transportation Undersecretary Eduardo Oban Jr. said the Department of Transportation and Communications will set up an operation with the Philippine Coast Guard to consolidate all efforts to salvage the ship and assess the area for possible oil spill.

Rear Admiral Rodolfo Sorena, Philippine Coast Guard Commandant, said authorities are reviewing proposals on how to extract the USS Guardian from the reef. He said one recommendation is not to drag the vessel to avoid causing more damage to the reef.

The US has sent a bigger vessel to help in the extraction of the USS Guardian. The extraction may take 7-10 days.