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Philippine officials say a suspected Chinese fishing vessel with 12 crewmen has run aground in a protected coral reef, where a U.S. Navy minesweeper got stuck recently.
Coast Guard Commodore Enrico Efren Evangelista says the vessel strayed into the Tubbataha National Marine Park in the Sulu Sea and struck an atoll late Monday. It was still unclear why the vessel strayed into the no-sail area.
Park superintendent Angelique Songco said Tuesday that the 12 crewmen were taken into custody for investigation.
The USS Guardian ran aground in another Tubbataha atoll on Jan. 17 and was removed March 30.
Washington has been asked to pay $1.5 million for the 2,345 square meters (2,800 square yards) of coral reef damaged by the Guardian in Tubbataha, a World Heritage site.