The missing sailors from the United States destroyer found dead

Kristopher Drake
June 19, 2017

The US Navy meanwhile said on Sunday that the bodies of sailors missing since the collision were found in flooded compartments of the USS Fitzgerald.

In a statement, the navy said the USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant vessel 56 nautical miles south-west of Yokosuka and the extent of injuries to U.S. personnel "is being determined". "1 sailor injured, 7 sailors still missing.please pray for my son and his shipmates", she tweeted.

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

In an earlier statement, it said that the sailors were being transferred to a U.S. naval hospital where they would be identified. Please consider contributing to Eurasia Review, as we are truly independent and do not receive financial support from any institution, corporation or organization.

The U.S. 7th Fleet says on its Facebook page that the collision was with Philippine-flagged merchant vessel ACX Crystal. "We are the parents of a sailor on the USS Fitzgerald". Bryce Benson, commanding officer of the Fitzgerald.

Japan's 3rd Regional Coast Guard Headquarters via AP In this photo provided by Japan's 3rd Regional Coast Guard Headquarters, the USS Fitzgerald is seen off Izu Peninsula in Japan after the Navy destroyer collided with a merchant ship, Saturday.

Aucoin said the Navy will launch an investigation into the collision because "we owe it to our families and the Navy to understand what happened".

U.S. Navy and Japanese coast guard are search by air and see for seven sailors missing from the USS Fitzgerald following an accident at sea. "I am humbled by the bravery and tenacity of the Fitzgerald crew".

Most of the damage occurred below the waterline in the form of a huge gash to the hull near the ship's keel, which led to a "tremendous" amount of water rushing into two berthing cabins and a machinery room, he said. "But most importantly, taking care of our sailors and the families as we work through this as a Navy family". Aerial television news footage showed its bow on the left side was dented and scraped, but it did not appear to have suffered any major structural damage.

The USS Fitzgerald sustained significant damage after a collision with a Philippine-flagged merchant ship on Saturday around 2:20 a.m.

The Navy says it remains uncertain how long it will take to gain access to the spaces inside the damaged destroyer in order to methodically search for the missing crew members.

The waterways approaching Tokyo Bay are busy with commercial vessels sailing to and from Japan's two biggest container ports in Tokyo and Yokohama.

Japan's coastguard is conducting an investigation into the accident - including interviewing the container ship's Filipino crew - although the United States has primary jurisdiction in probing accidents involving military personnel.

Jennifer Adkison of Granbury, Texas, whose 20-year-old son, Bruce Adkison, a fifth-generation sailor, survived the collision, said in a Facebook message that families are grieving for those who died and trying to get clothing and other items to those who survived and lost everything.

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