US and Japan launched search operation to find missing American sailors

Vastavam web: US and Japan launched a major search operation to find seven missing American sailors on Saturday after their navy destroyer collided with a container ship, crushing the side of the military vessel.Planes, boats and helicopters scoured the seas off Japan’s Pacific coast in a bid to find the crew who disappeared in the predawn accident, which also left the USS Fitzgerald’s skipper injured. erial television footage showed one person lying on a stretcher and a rescuer being pulled up to a helicopter that was hovering above the Fitzgerald, part of its right side caved in.”There are seven sailors unaccounted for; the ship and the Japanese Coast Guard continues to search for them,” the Navy said.
The area is a busy shipping channel that is a gateway to major container ports in Yokohama and Tokyo.”The volume of ships is heavy in this area and there have been accidents before,” coastguard official Yutaka Saito told Japan’s public broadcaster NHK. NHK said the massive 222-metre (730 foot) container ship made a sharp turn around the time of the accident, but its captain suggested otherwise.”We’re going all out in the search to find these missing people… but we still haven’t found any clues about where they might be,” a coastguard spokesman said, adding that the search may continue overnight.