18 Jun '17, 8pm

Fitzgerald crew's 'heroic efforts' saved their ship from sinking, admiral says

Fitzgerald crew's 'heroic efforts' saved their ship from sinking, admiral says

The collision that claimed the lives of seven sailors is one of the worst at-sea accidents since the 1975 collision between the cruiser Belknap and the carrier John F. Kennedy that claimed eight lives. Aucoin said he had initiated an investigation. "We owe it to our families and the Navy to understand what happened," he said. "Under my authority, I am initiating a JAGMAN investigation into this collision, and I will appoint a flag officer to lead that investigation." Fatal collisions in the Navy are exceptionally rare and the circumstances of this particular collision are made more troubling as it seems the crew had little or no warning ahead of the disaster. Ships are equipped with collision alarms that alert crews that they are in danger and allow them to brace for shock. It's unclear if the collision alarm sounded prior to the incident but Aucoin told reporters the ship...

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