US Coast Guard interviews container ship crew after warship collision

TOKYO (AP) - Days after a fatal collision between a U.S. Navy destroyer and a merchant container ship, little information has emerged to explain how it could have happened.

Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, from San Diego, Calif.

The bodies of the USA sailors were found in flooded sleeping berths a day after the accident which tore a huge gash in the side of the warship.

When the Fitzgerald collided with the merchant ship, 37-year-old Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr., "leapt into action", according to The Daily Beast.

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"The damage was significant".

"The entire community at Fleet Activities Yokosuka has come together over this past weekend in support of our Navy team", said Capt. Jeffrey Kim, Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka.

The Navy said the three sailors who were injured in the collision have been released from a Navy hospital. It could have been much worse. Although the collision occurred in Japanese waters, global maritime rules, could allow the US Navy to claim some authority over the investigations.

The captain of the ship, Cmdr.

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"They are known as the "Fighting Fitz" and the crew lived up to that name". Coast guard officials said the container ship has a speed-increasing bulbous bow that sticks out in front of the ship below the waterline, suggesting that part stabbed the destroyer's bottom, allowing the seawater to gush in. "So the water flow was tremendous, and so there wasn't a lot of time in those spaces that were open to the sea". Bryce Benson, was trapped inside the cabin and survived.

Japanese officials said a Filipino cargo ship, the ACX Crystal, which had been chartered by a Japanese company, plowed into the starboard side of the Fitzgerald in a busy shipping channel.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said President Donald Trump and the entire administration was sending their thoughts and prayers to the sailors' families. Japanese officials said they were investigating what happened in the moments before the crash, with an eye toward the crew of the Crystal.

He said judging from the Crystal's path, after the collision, it veered dramatically off-course after the impact, corrected itself, and continued to sail its course before making a U-turn to see what had been hit, arriving back near the USS Fitzgerald about an hour later.

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At a news conference Sunday, Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin said that several investigations by the Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard were starting to better understand what happened. It is not clear yet why the Fitzgerald did not yield to the Crystal per worldwide maritime laws. The Crystal was headed to offload its cargo in Tokyo.

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