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Seven die as cargo ship hits US destroyer USS Fitzgerald

June 18, 2017 5:58 PM
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Seven die as cargo ship hits US destroyer USS Fitzgerald

A US Navy recruit who volunteered as a firefighter was among the seven people who died when their warship was hit near the Japanese coast.

Dakota Rigsby is the first sailor to be named as a victim of the disaster, which happened 56 miles south west of Yokosuka in the early hours of Saturday.

He and six other sailors were found dead in their sleeping cabins after the USS Fitzgerald was struck by the 29,000-ton container ship ACX Crystal on Saturday.

Two sleeping compartments, the captain’s cabin and an engine room were flooded when the container ship tore hit the navy vessel.

The US Navy’s Seventh Fleet commander Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin said the £1.1billion ship would have sunk if it were not for the crew’s quick efforts to save it.

Today Admiral Aucoin said that the loss “is something we all feel” and it could be up to a year until the ship sails again.

Also read: Seven sailors missing after US warship collides with container ship off the coast of Japan


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