MANILA, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has deployed its marine environmental protection vessel to Tubbataha Reef in Sulu Sea to assist the grounded American minesweeper USS Guardian, a senior Coast Guard official said Saturday.
PCG commandant Rear Admiral Rodolfo Isorena said that BRP Corregidor, whose speed is was 10 knots per hour, has been dispatched by him since Friday. The ship is expected to arrive in the area within 36 hours.
On board the BRP-Corregidor are two rescue teams from the Coast Guard Special Operations Group (CGSOG), two teams from the Marine Environmental Protection Command (MEPCOM), and a medical team, he said.
Isorena also said that the MEPCOM personnel brought equipment such as oil spill boom, skimmer and oil dispersant chemicals to prevent any oil spill incident.
The USS Guardian, a 68-meter avenger-class mine counter-measure vessel, had made a port call in Subic Bay earlier this week. It ran aground in the area en route to Puerto Princesa on Thursday morning.