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U.S. Navy confirms 7 dead in collision near Japan

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 01:12

The U.S. Navy confirms that all seven missing sailors on the USS Fitzgerald were found dead after the destroyer's collision with a Philippines-flagged container ship south of Tokyo Bay. Ryan Brooks reports.

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Confirmation that the seven missing sailors aboard the USS Fitzgerald are dead. The announcement came from Navy officials on Monday (June 19) after the American destroyer collided with a container ship off the coast of Japan at the weekend. It's still unclear how, or why the ships crashed. Navy officials say most of the Fitzgerald's crew was asleep when it happened. "You can't see most of the damage, the damage is mostly underneath the water line, and it's a large gash and near the keel of the ship, and so the water flow was tremendous," said U.S. 7th Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin. "It was a significant impact that the crew had to fight very hard to keep the ship afloat." No one aboard the freight ship, which sails under the flag of the Philippines, was injured, and the vessel itself took little damage. Multiple investigations are under way to try and work out how such a large ship could ram into the destroyer in clear weather. Japanese authorities say they're looking the possibility of quote "professional negligence." The U.S. Navy says the USS Fitzgerald is salvageable, but repairs are expected to take months.

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U.S. Navy confirms 7 dead in collision near Japan

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 01:12