Seven Missing US Navy Heroes On The Fitzgerald Found Dead In Flooded Compartments

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All seven missing sailors from the USS Fitzgerald were found dead in flooded berthing compartments following the warship’s collision with a merchant vessel, a US Navy official confirmed.  The Navy’s 7th Fleet said searchers found the bodies Sunday morning Japan time after the ship returned to its base in Japan.

 

“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 Navy said in a statement without specifying the number of bodies that had been recovered.

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The bodies were taken to the US Naval Hospital in Yokosuka.

 

The 10,000-ton guided-missile destroyer and the ACX Crystal, a 29,000-ton container ship flagged in the Philippines, collided early Saturday local time in off Japan’s Izu Peninsula, officials said. The area sees heavy maritime traffic, with 400 to 500 vessels crossing it daily.

 

The destroyer suffered severe damage to its starboard side, while the container ship sustained light damage.

 

The USS Fitzgerald heads to Yokosuka Naval Base after a collision with a container ship on Saturday.

 

Naval commanders praised the sailors for containing flooding caused by the collision, stabilizing the ship and sailing it back to port at the US naval base in Yokosuka.

 

While photos showed serious damage above the waterline, the container ship also did severe damage below it.

 

A 7th Fleet statement said the collision did “significant damage and associated flooding to two berthing spaces, a machinery space, and the radio room.”

 

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

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