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USS Fitzgerald: Sailors killed in collision off Japan's coast named

19 June, 2017 2:37 AM
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USS Fitzgerald: Sailors killed in collision off Japan's coast named

The US Navy has identified seven sailors who were killed when their destroyer collided with a container ship in Japanese waters on Saturday.

At least three others were injured in the collision which took place near the port city of Yokosuka.

Many of the Fitzgerald's crew were asleep when the incident happened. The US Navy said it was investigating.

The seven sailors were reported missing after the incident which took place at about 02:30 local time on Saturday (17:30 GMT Friday).

The Navy has now said that divers gained access to the damaged areas and found their remains.

The commander of the 7th Fleet, Joseph P Aucoin, told reporters that the collision caused a "big gash" under the warship's waterline.

He said the vessel could have sunk were it not for "heroic efforts" by crew members, which prevented the flooding from "catastrophically spreading" to other parts of the warship.

Marine traffic records suggest that the container ship, the Filipino-flagged ACX Crystal, made a sudden U-turn roughly 25 minutes before the crash. It is not known why it changed course.

There were no injuries among the 20 Filipino crew members on board the container ship.

Source: bbc.com

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