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National Briefing / Hawaii

Navy has a plan for grounded ship

February 09, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The Navy plans to remove 800 tons of water from a warship that ran aground off the coast of Honolulu before trying again to free it.

The Navy hopes the lighter load will help it pull the Port Royal to safety.

Several attempts to free the $1-billion cruiser have failed since it got stuck on a rock and sand shoal Thursday.

Rear Adm. Joe Walsh, U.S. Pacific Fleet deputy commander, says the Navy will try again early today.

No one was injured when the ship grounded, and no contaminants have leaked.

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