Protected coral reef may be 'irreversibly' damaged by US Navy ship
A US Navy minesweeper has run aground on a UNESCO protected coral reef off the Philippines. The unique ecosystem “with a very high density of marine species" may suffer irreversible environmental damage.
This handout photo taken on January 17, 2013 and released on January 18, 2013 by Philippine Western Command (WESCOM) shows an aerial shot of US navy minesweeper, the USS Guardian, after it ran aground on the Tubattaha reef in western island of Palawan. A US Navy minesweeper has run aground in a protected marine sanctuary in the Philippines, the US embassy in Manila said January 17.(AFP Photo / Wescom)
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Source: RT, photo: AFP Photo / Wescom,
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