U.S. Navy ship, stranded in the waters of the Philippines, caused serious damage to the coral reef on the list of UNESCO World Heritage, reports on Friday by the Associated Press referring to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
In a statement the U.S. Seventh Fleet says minesweeper Guardian sat down on the reefs in the waters of the National Marine Park "Tubbataha" at 640 kilometers southwest of Manila as early as Thursday. Worse weather conditions still do not allow the sailors to remove the ship afloat.
Philippine unit WWF said the ship damaged at least ten meters reefs are considered some of the richest in terms of biological diversity among all objects Coral Triangle in Southeast Asia. In this case, environmentalists point out that the fuel leaks from the American ship has not happened.
In 2005, the international environmental organization Greenpeace was fined 7000 dollars after its flagship damaged reefs in the same area.