BEIJING: A Chinese naval frigate has run aground while patrolling disputed waters in the South China Sea, the defence ministry said on Friday, amid tensions with the Philippines over territorial claims.
The ship was on “routine patrol” when it became stranded near Half Moon Shoal in the Spratly Islands on Wednesday evening, the ministry said in a statement posted on its website. The shoal is off the Philippine island of Palawan.
No one was injured or killed in the accident and the navy was now organising a rescue, the statement said, but gave no further details.
The Sydney Morning Herald on Friday quoted Western diplomatic sources as saying the frigate, which has been discouraging fishing boats from the Philippines from entering the area, was “thoroughly stuck”.