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Grounded Navy frigate Gregorio del Pilar pulled out of Hasa-Hasa Shoal


The grounded Navy vessel BRP Gregorio del Pilar has been successfully pulled out of Hasa-Hasa Shoal on Monday night.

The vessel was successfully retrieved by two commercial tugboats at 11:54 p.m., Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Colonel Edgard Arevalo said, according to a report on Super Radyo dzBB on Tuesday by Jonathan Andal.

"The operations to pullout the Philippine Navy Ship that ran aground in Hasa-Hasa Shoal that started at around 2 p.m. Monday was a success," said Colonel Edgard Arevalo, Armed Forces spokesman.

Citing information received from Commodore Rommel Jason Galang, commander of Joint Task Force "Goyong," Arevalo said the ship was pulled out shortly before midnight on Monday.

"Inspection was ongoing as [of] this time in preparation for the towing of the vessel to Subic," he said.

BRP Gregorio del Pilar, a former US Coast Guard cutter, ran aground on Hasa-hasa Shoal or Half Moon Shoal in the West Philippine Sea, about 60 nautical miles from Rizal town in Palawan, late Wednesday night.

According to a military official, the vessel was conducting a routine patrol mission when it ran aground.

No one was hurt in the incident.

The tugboats carefully led the vessel out of Hasa-Hasa Shoal so as not to destroy the corals.

BRP Gregorio del Pilar will be brought to Subic, Zambales for repair. —KG/KBK, GMA News

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