A search for seven missing navy sailors is now over after bodies were discovered inside their damaged ship. Fox News correspondent Lea Gabrielle is in New York with more.
The search for seven navy sailors missing since early Saturday morning is called off. Efforts to locate them ending after bodies were found inside USS Fitzgerald. The destroyer suffering major damage when it collided with a cargo ship off the coast of japan.
“You can’t see most of the damage, the damage is mostly underneath the water line, and it’s a large gash and near the keel of the ship.”
The damage to the Fitzgerald’s starboard — or right — side is extensive. Most of the ship’s 300 crew members were sleeping at the time of the early morning crash. Two berthing compartments for 116 sailors were seriously affected, as well as a machinery room.
“It was a significant impact that the crew had to fight very hard to keep the ship afloat.”
Damage also evident on the ACX Crystal, the other vessel involved in the incident. The Philippine flagged container ship is *four times* the size of the Fitzgerald. Conditions were clear at the time of the collision, and the cause is under investigation.
“This ship is salvageable. It’s excessive though, it will require some significant repair but you will see USS Fitzgerald back as one of our warships there. But it will require some time.”
It’s still unknown how much warning the crew aboard the Fitzgerald had. But the water flow to the parts of the ship opened to the sea is said to have been tremendous.
In New York, Lea Gabrielle, Fox News.