1 Hurt, 7 Missing After U.S. Navy Destroyer Collides With Japanese Merchant Vessel

The Japan Coast Guard has verified that seven crew members of a U.S. Navy destroyer are missing.

This is following the destroyer’s collision with a Philippine-flagged merchant ship off the coast of Japan.

According to Japan Coast Guard official Takeshi Aikawa, the USS Fitzgerald reports that seven are unaccounted for and one is injured.

The injured sailor had a head injury, however futher details of his or her condition are unknown.

Aikawa said because of damage, the U.S. ship is taking on water. The vessel is not capable of moving by itself.

The coast guard has dispatched five patrol ships as well as an aircraft.   They will carry medics to the site for search and rescue operations.




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