Politics Trump sends prayers for missing U.S. sailors near Japan

18:15  17 june  2017
18:15  17 june  2017 Source:   The Hill

Search goes on for seven U.S. sailors after collision off Japan

  Search goes on for seven U.S. sailors after collision off Japan <p>Search and rescue efforts went on after dark for seven U.S. sailors missing after the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine-flagged container ship more than three times its size off eastern Japan early on Saturday.</p>TOKYO, June 17 (Reuters) - Rescue crews searched into the early hours on Sunday for seven American sailors missing after a U.S. destroyer collided with a container ship in the pre-dawn hours off the coast of Japan.

President Trump on Saturday tweeted his thoughts and prayers for seven missing U . S . sailors after a collision between an American destroyer and merchant vessel near Japan . "Thoughts and prayers with the sailors of USS Fitzgerald and their families.

U . S . and Japanese authorities continued to search for seven missing sailors on Saturday after a after collision near Japan ‘Pi’ group makes first endorsements Trump to young Americans: ‘There is Let's all keep the brave sailors of the USS Fitzgerald in our thoughts & prayers this weekend.https

The damaged USS Fitzgerald is seen near the U.S. Naval base in Yokosuka, southwest of Tokyo, after the U.S. destroyer collided with a Philippine-flagged container ship near Japan on Saturday.© Eugene Hoshiko The damaged USS Fitzgerald is seen near the U.S. Naval base in Yokosuka, southwest of Tokyo, after the U.S. destroyer collided with a Philippine-flagged container ship near Japan on Saturday. President Trump on Saturday tweeted his thoughts and prayers for seven missing U.S. sailors after a collision between an American destroyer and merchant vessel near Japan.

"Thoughts and prayers with the sailors of USS Fitzgerald and their families. Thank you to our Japanese allies for their assistance," Trump tweeted.

Trump shared a tweet from the U.S. 7th Fleet showing the USS Fitzgerald, which returned to Yokosuka, Japan, where it is based.

Aided by two tug boats, the ship returned to base in Japan shortly after 6 p.m. after an early-morning collision some 56 nautical miles away.

U.S. and Japanese authorities continued searching by boat and aircraft for seven sailors from the USS Fitzgerald after it collided with a Philippine-flagged 730-foot container ship around 2:30 a.m. local time.

Several Japanese ships were assisting in search and rescue operations and a Japanese helicopter also transported the ship's commanding officer to a U.S. Navy hospital in Yokosuka.

The 7th Fleet said three U.S. sailors, including the commanding officer, Cmdr. Bryce Benson, required medical evacuation. The sailors were awake and under observation at the hospital.

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