Bodies Of 7 Missing US sailors Found In Destroyer Damaged In Collision

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The U.S. and Japanese navies initially launched a search-and-rescue effort, but after divers gained access to the area, the U.S. Navy issued a statement saying the remains of the seven missing crew were found in flooded berthing compartments.

Earlier, the 7th Fleet said the US ship sustained damage on its starboard side and experienced flooding in some spaces.

Japan's coast guard is investigating why it took almost an hour for a deadly collision between a U.S. Navy destroyer and a container ship to be reported.

Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc T Truong Huynh, 25, from Oakville, Conn.

A plane carrying the bodies of the seven sailors left Yokota Air Base outside Tokyo for the U.S. on Tuesday morning, according to postings on United States 7th Fleet social media.

The uncle of a U.S. Navy sailor from Elyria who was killed over the weekend in Japan says he "died a hero".

The U.S. Navy, having notified the families of the seven sailors who died at sea after a collision between the USS Fitzgerald and 29,060-ton container ship called the ACX Crystal on Saturday, released the names of deceased by late Sunday.

"The crew's response was swift and effective, and I want to point out - as we stand by the ship - how proud I am of them", Aucoin told the news conference at the U.S. Navy base in Yokosuka, Japan on Saturday. Most of the damage is below the waterline, including a large gash near the keel, Aucoin said.

Acting Secretary of the Navy Sean Stackley promised an investigation into the incident. "They are now being transferred to Naval Hospital Yokosuka where they will be identified". The commanding officer also was trapped inside his cabin, Aucoin said, but eventually he was freed and flown by helicopter to a Japanese hospital.

The ACX Crystal collided with the USS Fitzgerald off Japan's coast, killing seven of the destroyer's crew of almost 300.

All of the ACX Crystal's 20-member Filipino crew were safe, said Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen K.K., which operates the Philippine-flagged ship. The US Navy said it was investigating every angle of the incident.

"The crew had to fight very hard to keep the ship afloat", he said.

Originally, Japan's coastguard said the crash happened at 2:20 am Saturday (1720 GMT Friday) based on when it was reported by the Crystal's crew.

When the container ship hit the US destroyer, Brayden Harden, 19, was thrown from his bunk, his mother Mia Sykes said Sunday, according to the Japan Times.

He also praised their colleagues for saving the USS Fitzgerald from further damage and bringing it back to port.

"In general, when two vessels collide, then both would be subject to investigation and suspicions of endangering marine traffic through professional negligence could apply to both vessels", said Yoshihito Nakamura, a spokesman for the Japanese Coast Guard.

The Fitzgerald experienced extensive damage and flooding after the collision, Aucoin said in a news release issued today. Japan's Transport Safety Board also started an accident investigation.

"We are struck by deep sorrow", Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wrote in a message to President Donald Trump on Sunday.

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