US destroyer crew missing after collision
A US Navy destroyer collided with a Philippine-flagged container ship off the coast of Japan early yesterday, leaving seven crew members from the American vessel missing, feared dead.
The collision between the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald and the ACX Crystal took place southwest of Yokosuka, Japan.
Three injured people aboard the destroyer, including commanding officer Bryce Benson, were flown to hospital by helicopter for treatment.
The coastguard said it was looking for the seven missing crew, based on information it had received from the US Navy.
“We are currently searching for the missing individuals,” a coastguard spokesman said, also confirming another crew member had sustained serious injuries.
In a statement on Twitter, US chief of naval operations Admiral John Richardson said: “As more information is learnt we will be sure to share it with the Fitzgerald families.
“All of our thoughts and concerns are with the Fitzgerald crew and their families.”
The Japanese coastguard has sent five vessels, two planes and a team of specially trained rescue personnel to the area.
Damage to the USS Fitzgerald.
The damaged ACX Crystal.