Bodies of Missing Sailors Recovered from USS Fitzgerald

Jerome Frank
Июня 19, 2017

The latest statement of the Seventh Fleet following the discovery of the bodies said, "The families are being notified and being provided the support they need during this hard time". "1 sailor injured, 7 sailors still missing.please pray for my son and his shipmates", she tweeted.

YOKOSUKA, Japan (AP) - The mother of a U.S. Navy sailor who survived a direct hit to his sleeping berth during a collision at sea said her son kept diving back down to try to save his shipmates until the flooded berth began running out of air pockets, while others - believing the ship was under attack - hurried to man the guns.

"The families are being notified and being provided the support they need during this hard time", the Navy said.

Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, the commander of the Navy's 7th Fleet, addressed reporters at a Navy base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, but wouldn't say how many bodies were recovered, pending notification of next of kin. Please consider contributing to Eurasia Review, as we are truly independent and do not receive financial support from any institution, corporation or organization.

The container ship, the 222-metre Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal, had large scrapes on its bow, but none of its 20 crew were injured, Japan's coastguard said. "You will see the USS Fitzgerald back ..." Bryce Benson, commanding officer of the Fitzgerald.

Seven sailors were listed as missing following the collision, but it is unclear if all had been found by navy divers.

Search-and-rescue team found them in the compartments of the ship, which was deformed during the collision.

Commander of the US 7th fleet, Vice Adm. Joseph P. Aucoin, met the ship on the pier at Yokosuka with sailors' families.

The Fitzgerald is an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer with a crew of approximately 330 sailors. The flooding was in two berthing compartments, the radio room and auxiliary machine room, he said.

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Aucoin declined to say how many were found.

The Fitzgerald had limited propulsion after suffering damage on the right side below the water line and a USA defense official said there was flooding in three compartments.

Nippon Yusen KK, which chartered the merchant vessel, said it would "cooperate fully" with the investigation into the crash.

The missing crew members were feared lost after the 8,300-ton destroyer collided with a 29,000-ton merchant vessel about 55 miles southwest of Yokosuka, where the USA 7th Fleet is headquartered. The 7th Fleet has since confirmed the sailors are in stable condition and are being treated for lacerations and bruises at the Naval Hospital Yokosuka.

The fleet said the USS Dewey, medical assistance, Navy tugs and naval aircraft were dispatched.

"Right now we are focused on two things: the safety of the ship and the well-being of the Sailors", Adm. Scott Swift, the head of of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, said in a statement, reported NPR.

Aucoin also offered "heartfelt thanks to our Japanese allies" for coming to the ship's aid.

All 20 Filipino crew members aboard the ship are safe and it has set up a task force to deal with the accident, the company said, according to the Kyodo News Agency.

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