A number of Sailors that were missing from the collision between USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and a merchant ship have been found. 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. They are currently being transferred to Naval Hospital Yokosuka where they will be identified. The families are being notified and being provided the support they need during this difficult time. The names of the Sailors will be released after all notifications are made.
The sailors were being transferred to U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka, according to 7th Fleet.
— Erik Slavin (@eslavin_stripes) June 18, 2017
I’ll update as more is available…
So. This is what I have.
Wall Street Journal says they’re dead.
Seven U.S. sailors confirmed dead after bodies found inside Navy destroyer that collided with ship near Japan https://t.co/IMzkLTPcRs
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) June 18, 2017
Stars’n’Stripes says alive:
— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) June 18, 2017
So. Let’s hope WSJ is fake news….
OK. It looks like they’re confirmed dead.
Divers were able to access the space and found a number of sailors. None alive. MTF. We will ID sailors after NOK notification.
— COMNAVFORJAPAN (@COMNAVFORJAPAN) June 18, 2017
Pray for their families.