18 Jun '17, 9pm

ICYMI | Mother: Son tried to save Navy shipmates after collision:

ICYMI | Mother: Son tried to save Navy shipmates after collision:

YOKOSUKA, Japan — The mother of a U.S. Navy sailor said her son kept diving to try to save his shipmates after a collision at sea until their flooded sleeping berth began running out of air pockets, while other survivors — believing their ship was under attack — hurried to man the guns. Mia Sykes of Raleigh, North Carolina, told The Associated Press on Sunday that her 19-year-old son, Brayden Harden, was knocked out of his bunk by the impact, and water immediately began filling the berth, after their destroyer, the USS Fitzgerald, collided with a Philippine-flagged container ship four times its size off the Japanese coast. The ships collided about 2:20 a.m. Saturday, when the Navy said most of the 300 sailors on board would have been sleeping, and authorities have declined to speculate on a cause while the crash remains under investigation. Sykes says her son told her that...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/navy/mother-son-tried-to-sav...

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