US destroyer crew miss­ing af­ter col­li­sion

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - WORLD -

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.

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