No Filipino casualties in Japan ship collision, but several US sailors dead


Posted at Jun 18 2017 11:03 AM

The U.S. Navy's USS Fitzgerald following a collision with a merchant vessel while operating southwest of Yokosuka, Japan. Courtesy of U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter Burghart/Handout via Reuters

MANILA - All Filipino crew members aboard the merchant ship that collided with the USS Fitzgerald are safe, but several American sailors were confirmed to have died from the incident.

Nippon KK, which chartered the Filipino-crewed ACX Crystal merchant vessel said it would cooperate fully with the Japanese Coast Guard's investigation into the collision.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said embassy officials in Tokyo have already been advised that there are no Filipino casualties in the incident.

"The ACX Crystal, a Philippine-flagged vessel, was being manned by 20 Filipino crew including the Captain. They are safe. The ship itself was slightly damaged from the incident," the DFA said.

The US Navy meanwhile said on Sunday that the bodies of sailors missing since the collision were found in flooded compartments of the USS Fitzgerald.

"As search and rescue crews gained access to the spaces that were damaged during the collision this morning, the missing sailors were located," the U.S. Seventh Fleet said in a statement.

The statement did not say if all seven missing crew members were found in the ship, however Japanese media reported that all seven had been found dead. -- with reports from Reuters