WASHINGTON D.C. - The United States Navy said the bodies of seven missing U.S. sailors aboard the U.S.S. Fitzgerald have been found.
The destroyer collided with a Philippine merchant ship Saturday morning local time off the coast of Yokosuka, Japan.
In a statement released Saturday night the Navy said searchers gained access to flooded spaces that had been damaged during the crash.
The remains of the sailors are being taken to a local hospital to be identified. During the collision, a commander and two sailors were injured. No one on the merchant ship was harmed.
The U.S.S. Fitzgerald has been towed into it's home port in Japan. The destroyer sustained damage to it's starboard side above and beyond the water line. It had been taking on water, but was not in danger of sinking.
This is the full release from the U.S. Navy:
A number of Sailors' bodies that were missing from the collision between USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and a merchant ship have been found.
As search and rescue crews gained access to the spaces that were damaged during the collision this morning, the missing Sailors were located in the flooded berthing compartments. They are currently being transferred to Naval Hospital Yokosuka where they will be identified.
The families are being notified and being provided the support they need during this difficult time. The names of the Sailors will be released after all notifications are made.
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