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PCG mulls draining fuel out of grounded Chinese fishing vessel


The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Wednesday bared its plan to drain all the fuel oil from a Chinese fishing boat which ran aground at Tubbataha Reef before midnight Monday.

Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Armand Balilo said this aims to prevent the possibility of fuel spilling from the vessel and polluting the marine sanctuary.

Balilo said the removal of the fuel from the Chinese vessel will be done before the vessel itself is removed from the reef.

On Wednesday morning, the 12 Chinese fishermen aboard the grounded vessel arrived in Palawan province aboard a PCG ships.

The 12 were to undergo a medical exam at the Western Command station hospital, and then inquest proceedings.

The Chinese vessel ran aground Tubbataha Reef before midnight Monday, three months after the minesweeper USS Guardian also ran aground the heritage site.

As of Wednesday morning, the Coast Guard said it is waiting for high tide to try and remove the grounded Chinese vessel from the reef.