Ship carrying coal destroys Philippine coral reef

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Posted: May 12, 2011 6:49 AM
Ship carrying coal destroys Philippine coral reef

Officials say a ship loaded with coal has run aground and destroyed a large portion of a marine sanctuary in the southern Philippines.

Provincial environment officer Eduardo Saladero of Sarangani province says the MV Double Prosperity damaged precious coral reefs in Sarangani Bay where it has remained aground since Sunday.

Coast guard spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Algier Ricafrente said Thursday the Panamanian-registered ship with 21 Filipino crew members was headed to India from Australia carrying 65,000 tons of coal.

Ricafrente said an investigation showed the ship's crew miscalculated its path and sailed into shallow waters.