USS Fitzgerald mishap: 7 bodies found in flooded US Navy ship in Japan
New Delhi, June 18: Seven bodies of the sailors of the USS Fitzgerald, which was involved in a collision in Japan, have been recovered. As per reports, US Seventh Fleet announced that the bodies of the missing sailor of the US Navy destroyer have been recovered, search for which was on for quite a long time now.
According to AP, US and Japanese vessels and aircraft have been looking for the missing crew members of the USS Fitzgerald, which crashed with a container ship four times its size in the pre-dawn hours yesterday. While initially the Navy said it remains uncertain how long it will take to gain access to the spaces inside the damaged destroyer in order to methodically search for the missing crew members, but the whole situation twisted after teh seven bodies were recovered.
As per the initial statement, water was being pumped out of flooded areas, and it was unclear how long it would take to get into the crushed mid- right side of the ship once it was at the pier in Yokosuka.
The latest statement of the Seventh Fleet following the discovery of the bodies said, “The families are being notified and being provided the support they need during this difficult time.”
The USS Fitzgerald collided with a Phillipine-flagged merchant vessel on Saturday. While three persons were safely evacuated initially, the search for the sailors continued until now.
As for the collision, it was reportedly still unclear what could have caused this major mishap at around 2:30 am local (1730 GMT), but even with that time there seems to be lack clarity regarding that as well, since the Japanese authorities declared that it took place around 1:30 am.
(With agency inputs)