Dead sailors found

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

YOKO­SUKA: The bod­ies of miss­ing sailors were found in flooded com­part­ments of the USS Fitzger­ald, which came close to sink­ing af­ter a col­li­sion with a con­tainer ship off Ja­pan tore a gash un­der the war­ship’s wa­ter­line, the US Navy’s Sev­enth Fleet com­man­der said yes­ter­day.

The Fitzger­ald col­lided with the mer­chant ves­sel more than three times its size south-west of Yoko­suka early on Satur­day. The search at sea has been called off, US Sev­enth fleet Com­man­der ViceAd­mi­ral Joseph Au­coin said.

He said the Fitzger­ald could have sunk but for the crew’s des­per­ate ef­forts to save the ship.–

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