Navy ship evacuated after running aground
January 18th, 2013
09:12 AM ET

Navy ship evacuated after running aground

The U.S. Navy has evacuated all 79 crew members from a minesweeper that ran aground Thursday on a reef in the Philippines, the Navy's Seventh Fleet said in a statement Friday. Initial efforts to free the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship at high tide were unsuccessful, and the crew was transferred by small boats to other support ships, the Navy said.

The 224-foot-long,1,312-ton ship is stuck on the Tubbataha Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Sulu Sea, the Navy said.

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  1. IndFL

    With all the technology we have these days...REALLY?? You could have seend this reef on a radar if it was tuned correctly. GPS, i-Phone... hello??

    January 18, 2013 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • blklab

      ..They used the native Map app from Apple on the Captain's iPhone lol!

      January 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. the prophet


    January 18, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rascal Rabble

    lol...can't drink and drive...

    January 18, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rascal Rabble

    what can you expect from a bunch of's nottah done deal...use some ingenuity to move the boat...puttah couple of deflated balloons between underneath and the dang thing will float off the reefs once the balloons are inflated...military knuckleheads! yall can send me my reward later...

    January 18, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nakel

      Wow Rascal, you really have no idea, do you? One, you have no idea of the mission or the circumstances. There are times the military is ordered into harms way. Two, your idea is less than unworkable. Decorum prohibits me from accurately describing the intelligence of your scheme. Knuckleheads? Really? You can say that from your sofa while these guys are thousands of miles from their families, putting their lives on the line for everyone, even the overweight couch potatoes.

      January 18, 2013 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      hey Ankle, the idea IS doable...getcha peeps onnit...ships have wrecked against rocks and reefs for thousands of years!!! sooo, why would the navy believe the exception? cuz they are knuckleheads. And be truthful, harms way was some fool hearty distraction!

      January 19, 2013 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rascal Rabble

    cnn...I do not appreciate being deleted...

    January 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Don't be troll bait

    This will give the DOD a good reason to spend a few billion dollars designing reefsweeping ships to accompany their minesweeping ships.

    January 18, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dreamer96

    In order to lift any boat off the reef,.. all one has to do is attach so very large air bags to each side, and add air.....Why are our ships not equipped with emergency airbags on the sides, to life them off the rocks or keep them from sinking, or at least a repair crew could be ready to bring them out when needed.....

    January 19, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Amanda

    i am sorry was just grtting my feelings out there and vice

    January 21, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cindy

    Sounds like someone needs more training. I am glad no one was hurt.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gay bob

    was being driven by the village people. Mistook the order for "full steam ahead"

    January 22, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |