7 U.S. sailors missing in Navy ship collision (photos)

Seven sailors are missing and three have been injured after the USS Fitzgerald collided with a massive container ship off the coast of Japan on Friday night. According to a Fox News report, Japan’s coast guard is leading the search, along with ships from the U.S.

The missing sailors, who are not being identified as of yet, may have been thrown overboard or they could be trapped inside the damaged section of the naval destroyer, which was coming into its home port at the Yokosuka Naval Base near Tokyo when it collided with a Japanese container ship four times its size.

According to a U.S. defense official, the Fitzgerald is currently listing to its right side after suffering suffering significant damage below the water line. It’s reportedly flooding in three compartments.

According to Nippon Yusen, the Japanese shipping company involved in the crash, the 29,060-ton ship that hit the destroyer is from the Philippines. The cause of the crash is still undetermined, but both the Japanese coast guard and the U.S. Navy are investigating.

Rita Schrimsher of Athens, Alabama was thrilled to hear from her 23-year-old grandson, Jackson Schrimsher, who contacted her from the damaged ship to say he’s fine. After speaking with him on Facetime, she said, “It could have been worse so we’re grateful.”

According to a statement from the Navy, Cmdr. Bryce Benson, the ship’s commanding officer, was evacuated to the U.S. Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, home base of the 7th Fleet. He was in stable condition.


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