18 Jun '17, 8am

‘Search and rescue is over’ for missing Fitzgerald sailors, 7th Fleet commander says - Pacific - Stripes

‘Search and rescue is over’ for missing Fitzgerald sailors, 7th Fleet commander says - Pacific - Stripes

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – The Navy has ended search-and-rescue efforts after a “number of sailors” were found dead after the USS Fitzgerald collided with a cargo ship off the Japanese coast, officials said Sunday. The “search and rescue is over,” Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, 7th Fleet commander, told reporters gathered at Yokosuka Naval Base. The collision between the Navy destroyer and the Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal happened about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, about 64 miles southwest of Yokosuka near the Izu Peninsula, a Navy statement said. The Fitzgerald was damaged above and below the water line on the starboard side near the bridge. Seven Fitzgerald sailors were missing, and three, including the ships’ commander, were medically evacuated to Naval Hospital Yokosuka. The sailors were found in a flooded berthing compartment after search-and-rescue crew members gained access to...

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