Commander of US destroyer among those injured in collision with freighter

    16 de junio de 2017

    Tokyo, Jun 17 (efe-epa).- The commanding officer of the United States destroyer USS Fitzgerald was among the two people who were injured after a collision with a Philippine cargo ship off the coast of Japan on Saturday, in which seven crew members have gone missing, the US Navy said.

    The Navy said that rescue efforts, involving helicopters and vessels, were underway to locate the missing crew members in nearby waters.

    The collision occurred on Saturday at 2.30 am local time, 104 kilometers (65 miles) southwest of the Japanese city of Yokosuka, where the navy's Seventh Fleet is headquartered.

    The US Navy and the Japanese Coast Guard confirmed that the freighter involved in the collision is the ACX Crystal, which is 222.6 meter (730 feet) long and weighs 29.06 tons.

    The two people injured in the collision have been evacuated in a helicopter to receive medical assistance.

    The Japanese coast guard has deployed five ships and two airplanes to the accident site while the US has sent the USS Dewey and a hospital ship to provide medical assistance to survivors.

    "Right now we are focused on two things: the safety of the ship and the well-being of the Sailors," Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the US Pacific Fleet said.

    He also thanked Japan for its assistance.