While we are all wondering how exactly two ships collided when the ocean is…..well, vast….there are seven sailors who went missing in the collision between the USS Fitzgerald and a Japanese merchant ship during the night.
The Navy has taken the lead in this massive search but it is unclear how long it may take. Family members of the men on board are frantically waiting for news upsets and calls from the sailors to hear that they are okay.
Fox News reports:
The U.S. 7th Fleet said in a statement that the crash damaged two berthing spaces, a machinery room and the radio room. Most of the more than 200 sailors aboard would have been asleep in their berths at the time of the pre-dawn crash.
Water was being pumped out of flooded areas and it was unclear how long it would take to get into the crushed mid-right side of the ship once it was at the pier in Yokosuka, the statement said.
Nippon Yusen, the Japanese shipping company that operates the container ship, said in a statement it is collaborating with the ship owner and fully cooperating with the investigation by the coast guard. The 29,060-ton ship is Philippine-flagged and all the crew are Filipinos.
The USS Fitzgerald’s captain, Cmdr. Bryce Benson, was airlifted early Saturday to the U.S. Naval Hospital in Yokosuka and was in stable condition with a head injury, the Navy said. Two other crew members suffered cuts and bruises and were evacuated. It was unclear how many others may have been hurt.
— 7th Fleet (@US7thFleet) June 17, 2017
Commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet Adm. Scott Swift said, “Right now we are focused on two things: the safety of the ship and the well-being of the sailors.”
“Just heard the sweetest voice and saw a wonderful face. He’s okay. Thank you all for the prayers,” Rita Schrimsher of Athens, Alabama, tweeted after speaking with her 23-year-old grandson, Jackson Schrimsher, via Facetime.
“It could have been worse, so we’re grateful,” she added.