Delay in reporting of deadly US destroyer collision raises questions

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Both the acting Navy secretary and the vice admiral said attention will now turn to investigating what caused the collision, with the US Coast Guard tasked with leading the probe.

The U.S. Navy and Japanese coast guard reported seven missing Navy sailors and at two -up till now- were injured after a U.S. battleship collided with a merchant ship off the coast of Japan on Saturday's dawn. The U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Dewey served as an escort for the Fitzgerald and has also returned to Yokosuka.

The Navy said that the divers gained access to the damaged areas of the ship and have found the remains of the seven sailors.

Three patients required medical evacuation from the ship.

This incident was the greatest loss of life on a U.S. Navy vessel since the USS Cole was bombed in Yemen's Aden harbour in 2000, when 17 sailors were killed and 39 injured. Hernandez apparently died in the collision from a head injury as he slept, a cousin told a TV station.

"It is possible the ships [in the collision] had little room for significant maneuvers as there may have possibly been other ships such as fishing boats", said Prof. "They kicked her off, and she stayed on the pier until they found him". He was asleep in his quarters at the time of the collision and was knocked unconscious from the impact, the Navy said.

Nanami Meguro, a spokeswoman for owners NYK Line told CBS News that one reason why the Crystal did not report the accident when it first happened was because it was all hands on deck. They sang karaoke on a PlayStation in Hampton, Virginia, when he was home.

Rigsby enlisted in February 2016, according to service records provided by the Navy.

"He was supposed to be coming home in September", Braniff said.

"I just want to see him", she said.

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The Fitzgerald experienced extensive damage and flooding after the collision, Aucoin said in a news release issued today.

The Japanese Coast Guard has reprotedly finished questioning the 20 Filipino crewmembers of the cargo ship.

Coast guard official Tetsuya Tanaka said they are trying to resolve what happened during the 50 minutes.

"Japanese investigators have questioned the crew of the ACX Crystal about the collision, and they say they'll be cooperating with U.S. officials in determining why it happened, which is still unclear".

Four sailors and the ship's commanding officer were medically evacuated by a Japanese Coast Guard helicopter, Cmdr. But the Philippine-flagged container ship, named the ACX Crystal, didn't alert Japanese authorities until at 2:25 a.m. Data from the ACX Crystal also shows that for some reason, the ship made a U-turn sometime between 12:58 a.m. and 2:46 a.m.

The names of missing sailors were being withheld until families had been notified, it said. They talked many times each day when he was deployed, as he had been on the Fitzgerald for almost two years, according to the Navy.

Three investigators from Japan's Transport Safety Board have inspected the container ship inside and out, spokeswoman Yuko Watanabe said.

"Because of the tireless damage control efforts of a resolute and courageous team, the ship was able to make its way back to port safely on its own power last evening", Aucoin said at a press conference.

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.

The Fitzgerald is part of the same fleet as the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, also based at Yokosuka.

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