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National Briefing / Hawaii

Navy prepares to free stuck ship

February 08, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The Navy unloaded fuel, water and personnel from a $1-billion guided-missile cruiser grounded off Honolulu so tugboats and a salvage ship could try today to free it from a rock and sand shoal.

The Port Royal ran aground Thursday evening. No one was injured and no oil or other contaminants have leaked, said representatives of the Navy, Coast Guard and state.

A lighter cruiser, combined with peak high tide and an oceangoing tug, some smaller harbor tugs and a salvage ship are expected to do the trick when a third effort is made to free the ship.

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