Remains of 7 sailors killed in US ship collision return home

Most of the 300 crew members on board would have been asleep at the time, The Associated Press reported. During the collision, he was in his cabin, which was destroyed.

Japanese coastguard investigators will be interviewing the Filipino crew of the Japanese-owned container ship, although the U.S. has primary jurisdiction in investigating accidents involving military.

The container ship, the 222-metre Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal, made a 180 degree turn shortly before the accident, according to data from the Marine Traffic website.

He said officials are planning to obtain a device with communications records, while noting that Japan's Transport Safety Board also started an accident investigation on Monday.

The USS Fitzgerald was struck by the Philippine-flagged merchant vessel ACX Crystal near the port city of Yokosuka - the home base for the USA ship.

The coast guard initially said the collision occurred at 2:20 a.m., as the Philippine ship had reported it at 2:25 a.m. and said it just happened.

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About 200 sailors were aboard the ship at the time of the collision.

A 25-year-old sailor from The Colony is among the survivors of the collision of the USS Fitzgerald.

Searchers found the bodies of the seven missing sailors on Sunday in the ship's flooded berthing compartments.

The Navy said that the collision happened at the home of the 7th Fleet which is 103 kilometers southwest of Yokosuka.

Their bodies were being flown back to the US on Tuesday morning, according to the Commander US Naval Forces Japan.

Investigators from the U.S. Navy and Japan's coast guard are trying to figure that out. "They are now being transferred to Naval Hospital Yokosuka where they will be identified".

Cmdr. Bill Clinton, a spokesman for the 7th Fleet, told the Times on Monday: "The investigations will look at all aspects of this incident to find an answer to the cause of this collision..."

The bodies of the USA sailors were found in flooded sleeping berths a day after the accident which tore a huge gash in the side of the warship. "Now that the ship is in Yokosuka, I ask that you help the families by maintaining their privacy as we continue the search for our shipmates".

"I just want to see him", she said.

Critical damage to the mid-right side of the USS Fitzgerald and a person being lifted to a helicopter was showed by a footage from the Japanese TV network NHK.

"You can't see most of the damage, the damage is mostly underneath the waterline, and it's a large gash near the keel of the ship", he said.

Despite the significant damage to the destroyer, Aucoin said he expected it would rejoin the fleet. "And so the water flow was tremendous". Other naval servicemen fought to keep the ship from sinking.

The ship is salvageable, Aucoin said, but repairs would likely take months.

The container ship's left bow was dented and scraped in the collision as well. It was not immediately clear what prompted the sharp turn.

  • Zachary Reyes