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Seven Navy crew missing, skipper hurt after collision off Japan

Matt Boster

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Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Jun 17 2017 8:16 AM

TOKYO (AP) - Seven Navy sailors were missing and the captain and at least two others were injured after a U.S. destroyer and a container ship collided off the coast of Japan before dawn Saturday, the U.S. Navy and Japanese coast guard reported.


Rescuers were searching for the seven sailors who were thought to have been thrown into the sea or possibly trapped inside damaged sections of the destroyer, said Japanese coast guard spokesman Yoshihito Nakamura. None of the crew of the container ship was reported injured.


Footage from the Japanese TV network NHK showed Navy crew members working to pump water from flooded sections of the mid-right side of the USS Fitzgerald. The Navy's 7th Fleet said flooding was stabilized and sailors from the USS Dewey came aboard to assist in damage control.


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