Looted Subic Bay anchor retrieved

Subic Bay anchor. Source: Inquirer.net 20140526

An anchor believed to be looted from a shipwreck in Subic Bay has been recovered by the Philippine authorities.

Subic Bay anchor. Source: Inquirer.net 20140526
Subic Bay anchor. Source: Inquirer.net 20140526

Stolen marine artifact recovered in Subic Bay
Business Mirror, 25 May 2014

Anchor stolen from Subic shipwreck retrieved
Inquirer.net, 26 May 2014

A marine artifact, believed to be part of a stash hidden by looters, has been recovered by authorities here almost two months after rampant looting of shipwrecks in Subic Bay was discovered.

A report from the Law Enforcement Department of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA-LED) said a task force formed recently to recover items stolen from shipwrecks here recovered an old common anchor in waters some 200 meters away from the shoreline of Barangay Mabayo in Morong, Bataan.

The anchor, described as “full of barnacles and measuring approximately 7 feet high, and 3 feet and 5 inches across,” was believed to be part of a stash hidden by looters who have been stealing from various underwater wrecks in Subic Bay.

The anchor was recovered on May 14 after the SBMA-LED mounted operation “Oplan Bawi Bakal” along with elements of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Olongapo City, Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Maritime Unit-3, PNP-Special Action Force and Morong PNP.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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