The Philippine Coast Guard Thursday said divers planning to visit Tubbataha Reef of the Sulu Sea may be diverted while salvage works for the grounded USS Guardian (MCM-5) are ongoing.
Coast Guard Palawan commander and Task Force Tubbataha head Commodore Enrico Efren Evangelista made this announcement as divers are expected to go to the area once summer season starts this March.
Salvage operations for the USS Guardian are expected to be completed this March 23 barring inclement weather and equipment failure.
Evangelista said scuba divers from various countries who will visit dive sites at the reef will be informed the salvage operation area is off-limits "for security reasons."
Salvage work is ongoing for the USS Guardian, which ran aground on Tubbataha Reef Jan. 17 and has been crippled.