Initially, five sailors were reported injured and seven sailors were reported missing, though the remains of those sailors have since been found. Seven U.S. sailors confirmed dead after bodies found inside Navy destroyer that collided with ship near Japan.
From ABC News: A “number of sailors” that were missing following a collision between a U.S. Navy ship and a merchant ship have been found dead, the Navy’s 7th Fleet said.
The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine container ship off the coast of Japan in the early hours of Saturday morning local time, according to the 7th Fleet. The Fitzgerald was operating about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, when it hit the container ship at approximately 2:30 a.m. local time.
Earlier, the 7th Fleet said the U.S. ship sustained damage on its starboard side and experienced flooding in some spaces.