Missing Fitzgerald sailors bodies found onboard

Written by: Razman F | 18 Jun 2017 11:47
Searchers had gained access to the spaces that were damaged during the collision
Written by:
18 Jun 2017 11:47

The bodies of seven sailors reported missing after the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship have been on board the destroyer, the US Navy said.

The bodies were discovered after U.S. and Japanese vessels and aircraft spent Saturday searching for the American sailors, AP reported.

They were feared lost after their Navy destroyer collided before dawn with a container ship off the coast of Japan.
The Navy says in a statement that searchers had gained access to the spaces that were damaged during the collision.

It said  the families are being notified and being provided the support they need during "this difficult time." The names of the sailors will be released after all notifications are made.

The USS Fitzgerald was back at its home port in Yokosuka Naval Base south of Tokyo by sunset Saturday, its crew lined up on deck.

The Philippine-flagged container ship was berthed at Tokyo's Oi wharf, where officials began questioning crew members about the cause of the nighttime crash.

At least three other Navy sailors were injured in the crash.

Family members were frantically seeking news, appealing via social media for calls from sailors aboard the ship.

The USS Fitzgerald's captain, Cmdr. Bryce Benson, was airlifted early Saturday to the U.S. Naval Hospital in Yokosuka and was in stable condition with a head injury, the Navy said.

"Thoughts and prayers with the sailors of USS Fitzgerald and their families," President Donald Trump said on Twitter. "Thank you to our Japanese allies for their assistance."



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