Missing US Navy Sailors Found Dead

Tokyo — Sailors missing after the USS Fitzgerald

collided with a container ship off Japan have been found dead,

according to the US Navy and Japanese media.

Seven sailors were left missing and three injured after Saturday’s

collision, which the US Navy said almost sank the destroyer.

The US Navy said rescue workers found the bodies on Sunday

after gaining access to damaged parts of the ship.

It said they will be taken to a Japanese hospital to be identified.

The incident took place some 56 nautical miles (104km) south-

west of the Japanese port city of Yokosuka, yesterday (Saturday).

Japanese broadcaster NHK said the collision led to the flooding

of the crew’s sleeping quarters while they were asleep.

Marine traffic records suggest the ACX Crystal, a 222-metre

(730ft) Filipino-flagged container ship, made a sudden U-turn roughly

25 minutes before the crash. It is not known why it changed course.

Similar records for the USS Fitzgerald are not publicly available.

The Navy ship’s starboard side was heavily damaged in the

collision, but the vessel later managed to slowly return to its base in

Yokosuka, with the assistance of US navy tug boats, the BBC reported.

Source: Oman News Agency

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