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US Navy destroyer 'flooding' after collision

16 June 2017 world-news


An injured sailor has been evacuated from a US Navy ship after it collided with a container ship.

At least three compartments of the USS Fitzgerald are reported to have flooded after the collision with the Philippine vessel ACX Crystal 56 miles southwest of Yokosuka.

The US 7th Fleet confirmed on Twitter that it was “working with the Japanese Coast Guard to conduct a medevac”, adding that any other injuries among the crew were being assessed.

USS Dewey and two tugboats have been sent to help but the Navy said there had been no deaths as a result of the collision.

Japanese broadcaster NHK said seven Navy ship members were unaccounted for but the Navy would only say it was still working to account for all personnel and could not confirm anyone was missing.

The USS Fitzgerald is heading back to the US naval base at Yokosuka at a speed of three knots.

Footage showed extensive damage to the mid-right side of the naval ship, which is an Arleigh Burke-class (Flight I) guided missile destroyer built in 1993.

A spokesman for the Philippines coast guard said he had heard of the accident but had no details, as it was not in Philippine waters.

It was understood that the container ship was not in danger of sinking, however.

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