US Navy releases video of destroyer involved in Japan collision

US Navy releases video of destroyer involved in Japan collision

"As search and rescue crews gained access to the spaces that were damaged during the collision this morning, the missing sailors were located in the flooded berthing compartments", the 7th Fleet said in a statement this evening. "This was not a small collision", he said.

"You will see the USS Fitzgerald back", Aucoin said.

"The water flow was tremendous, and so there wasn't a lot of time in those spaces that were open to the sea". The crew fought to keep the vessel from foundering or sinking so they could make it back to base. These parts of the ship were flooded, said the leadership of the fleet.

The Navy said three people were medically evacuated to the US Naval Hospital in Yokosuka after the collision, including the ship's commanding officer, Commander Bryce Benson, who was reported to be in stable condition.

The other two are being treated for cuts and bruises they suffered. "He's lucky to be alive".

The Navy is investigating the cause of the collision.

It's unclear what caused the collision, which occurred about 2:20 a.m. local time, between the destroyer and the container ship that is about four times its size.

Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin addressed reporters at a Navy base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, but wouldn't say how many bodies were recovered, pending notification of next of kin.

While photos showed serious damage above the waterline, the container ship also did severe damage below it.

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Is it not yet clear how the collision between the two advanced ships could have happened, or which ship was at fault, but an investigation is already underway.

Reports say the sailors were trapped inside the ship, which then took on water. It was carrying 1,080 containers from the port of Nagoya to Tokyo.

The 29,000-ton Philippine ship is 222 meters long, while the 8,315-ton Navy destroyer is 154 meters long.

Japan's coastguard is conducting an investigation into the accident - including interviewing the Japanese-owned container ship's Filipino crew - although the USA has primary jurisdiction in probing accidents involving military personnel.

"The volume of ships is heavy in this area and there have been accidents before", Saito told Japan's public broadcaster NHK.

In this photo released by Japan's Defense Ministry, an injured USS Fitzgerald personnel is carried by United States military personnel and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force members.

According to Jiji Press news agency, the ACX Crystal captain said his ship was "sailing in the same direction as the USA destroyer and then collided".

The Navy, along with the Japanese Coast Guard, had been searching for the seven at sea.

The 20-member Filipino crew was uninjured, according to Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen K.K., which operates the ship.

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