The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald, damaged by colliding with a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel, is seen at the U.S. naval base in Yokosuka, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo June 18, 2017. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS
By Tim Kelly and Linda Sieg
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Reuters) – The bodies of a number of sailors who were missing after the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a container vessel were found in flooded compartments of the damaged ship, the U.S. Seventh Fleet said on Sunday.
Japanese media said all seven of the sailors who had been reported missing were found dead.
“Divers were able to access the space and found a number of bodies,” the Seventh Fleet said in a statement.
It said in an earlier statement the sailors were being transferred to a U.S. naval hospital where they would be identified.
“The families are being notified and being…
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