Coast Guard working to remove sunken ship from Manila Bay—says it’s dangerous to other boats

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is coordinating with the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to remove MV Captain Ufuk — a Panamanian cargo vessel — that sank in Manila Bay early Sunday.

Officials said the sunken ship could pose a hazard for boats traveling at sea — and could be swept ashore during a typhoon.

MV Captain Ufuk had been anchored off of the coast of Manila Bay since August 2009, when it was seized by the BOC for smuggling firearms in Mariveles, Bataan.

"Evidence siya. Involved siya sa isang crime so it has to be with the law enforcement agency [The ship is a piece of evidence. It was involved in a crime...]," said PCG Commander Arman Balilo.

No injuries have been reported; personnel of the MV Captain Ufuk abandoned the ship on Saturday night when they discovered it was listing. The ship eventually took in water and sank.

The PCG also said the vessel did not contain oil or gasoline so there is no risk of a leak or contamination.

Balilo said old age and deterioration could have contributed to the ship's fate. MV Captain Ufuk fell into disrepair while it was anchored at sea.