Yokosuka, Japan– The 7th Fleet released an update on the search for the seven sailors that went missing following the collision of the USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and a merchant ship have been found. According to the update, “a number of sailors” were discovered by divers in flooded berthing compartments that were damaged by the impact. None of the sailors were found alive. The 7th Fleet’s update did not confirm all of the bodies have been found. The sailors’ bodies are being transferred to Naval Hospital Yokosuka and once identified their next of kin will be notified. No further details are known at this time.
Breaking: The bodies of all 7 sailors aboard the Fitzgerald found inside a berthing compartment of the ship, US officials tell me
— Gordon Lubold (@glubold) June 18, 2017
Divers were able to access the space and found a number of the sailors. None were alive. MTF. ID's of the sailors after NOK notification.
— COMNAVFORJAPAN (@COMNAVFORJAPAN) June 18, 2017
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