Several sailors who went missing in Saturday’s collision between the American destroyer USS Fitzgerald and a merchant ship off the coast of Japan have been found dead in the wreckage of the damaged part of the destroyer, the US 7th Fleet has confirmed.
In total, seven US sailors were declared missing in the incident and three more were injured, including the commander of the ship, Bryce Benson.
“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 US 7th Fleet said in a statement on its website, not specifying how many of the bodies have been found.
The bodies are being transferred to the US Naval Hospital Yokosuka for identification.
The collision took place some 56 nautical miles southwest of the city of Yokosuka.