U.S. destroyer almost foundered after collision, bodies found

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Personnel are seen on the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald which has been damaged by colliding with a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel, at the U.S. naval base in Yokosuka, Japan, June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
By Tim Kelly and Linda Sieg| YOKOSUKA, JAPAN

The bodies of missing sailors were found in flooded compartments of the USS Fitzgerald, which came close to sinking after a collision with a container ship off Japan tore a gash under the warship’s waterline, the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet commander said on Sunday.

An earlier Navy statement had said the bodies of several sailors were found in the berthing compartments inside the guided missile destroyer but U.S. Seventh fleet Commander Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin declined to say how many.

The search at sea has been called off, he told a news conference at Yokosuka naval…

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