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Bodies Recovered From The USS Fitzgerald After Collision At Sea

Seven sailors were reported missing after a collision between a U.S. Navy destroyer and a merchant vessel off the coast of Japan.
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Bodies Recovered From The USS Fitzgerald After Collision At Sea

The U.S. Navy is searching for missing sailors after one of its ships and a merchant vessel collided off the coast of Japan.

The USS Fitzgerald and the civilian ship collided at 2:30 a.m. local time Saturday, causing damage to the Fitzgerald's forward starboard side. It's unclear what caused the collision.

Seven sailors are still unaccounted for. A Navy statement suggested that some of the missing sailors could be trapped by the damage.

The Navy said it was working to "gain access to the spaces in order to methodically continue the search for the missing."

Three members of the missile destroyer's crew, including its commanding officer Cmdr. Bryce Benson, were injured and medically evacuated off the ship.