US Navy destroyer collides with freight ship off Japan; 7 sailors missing
A U.S. Navy destroyer, the USS Fitzgerald, collided with a container ship off the coast of Japan early Saturday morning, causing significant damage and flooding.
Local broadcaster NHK reported that seven sailors were missing, while the U.S. Navy said one sailor was being medically evacuated.
The Fitzgerald was 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, the home of the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet, when it collided with a loaded container ship at about 2:30 a.m. local time, the Navy said.
NHK showed footage of the Philippine-flagged container ship named the ACX Crystal with minor damage to its bow.
The vessel is roughly 700 feet long and was bound for Tokyo before colliding with the Fitzgerald, according to a maritime traffic tracking website.