Seven US destroyer crew unaccounted for after collision: Japan media

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File photo of the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Mason conducting divisional tactic maneuvers in the Gulf of Oman

A US Navy destroyer and a Philippine-flagged container ship collided off the south coast of Japan, causing  seven crew of a US Navy destroyer unaccounted, the US Navy and Japan media reported.

The collision between the missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald and the ACX Crystal took place about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan at about 2:30 am local time Saturday.

The Japanese Coast Guard was on the scene and the extent of damages and injuries was being determined, the Navy said.

Video taken by NHK News showed the starboard side of the Fitzgerald just ahead of the control tower heavily damaged, and CNN reported the ship had taken on water.

Japanese tugboats were shown towing it back to port. The 154-meter (505-foot) Fitzgerald is based at Yokosuka, south of Yokohama and Tokyo, and operates in the Pacific.

The ACX Crystal is a 222-meter commercial container ship that, according to marine tracking websites, was on its way to Tokyo. AFP / SAMAA

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Story first published: 17th June 2017

Originally Posted on SamaaNews

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