Missing sailors found dead in damaged US destroyer following collision near Japan – Navy
In total, seven US sailors were declared missing in the incident and three more were injured, including the commander of the ship, Bryce Benson.
“As search and rescue crews gained access to the spaces that were damaged during the collision this morning, the missing sailors were located in the flooded berthing compartments,” the US 7th Fleet said in a statement on its website, not specifying how many of the bodies have been found.
The bodies are being transferred to the US Naval Hospital Yokosuka for identification. The collision took place some 56 nautical miles southwest of the city of Yokosuka.
The USS Fitzgerald collided with the container vessel, which was sailing under the Philippines flag, at 2:30am local time [17.30 GMT]. Following the crash, the US guided missile destroyer suffered “significant damage” above and below the waterline and was partially flooded. The details of the investigation launched by the Navy have not been disclosed. Speaking on the course of the probe, the spokesman for the US 7th Fleet said that “any legal issues can be addressed” only after it is completed.
On Saturday the ship, aided by the Japanese Coast Guard, sailed back into Yokosuka._ RT
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