Missing sailors found dead in ship damaged off Japan: US Navy

Sunday 18 June 2017 a week ago 51   Washington   Print

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Report  Web desk : WASHINGTON: A number of missing American sailors have been found dead in flooded areas of a destroyer that collided with a container ship off Japan coast, the US Navy said Sunday. The sailors were missing for more than 24 hours after the USS Fitzgerald collided with a much larger container ship before dawn on Saturday, causing heavy damage and flooding areas of the destroyer. A number of sailors bodies that were missing from the collision between USS Fitzgerald and a merchant ship have been found, the US 7th Fleet said in a statement. As search and rescue crews gained access to the spaces that were damaged during the collision the missing sailors were located in the flooded berthing compartments. They are currently being transferred to Naval Hospital Yokosuka where they will be identified, it added. Japan public broadcaster NHK updated an earlier report that claimed all seven missing sailors were found dead inside the ship, saying instead that several had been found. The accident sparked a major US-Japanese search and rescue operation. (01)