Seven American sailors are missing after a U.S. Navy destroyer collided with a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel southwest of Yokosuka, Japan on Saturday local time, the Gateway Pundit reports.
The USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine container vessel at around 2:30 a.m. local time.
The Japanese coast guard said the 505-foot destroyer was experiencing some flooding after the collision, while the merchant vessel was able to sail using its own power.
The Navy said four U.S. sailors were injured and had to be evacuated by a Japanese coast guard helicopter to a naval hospital in Yokosuka.
The destroyer was heading back to Yokosuka and is expected to dock after a couple of hours, according to a spokesman for the U.S. 7th Fleet.
The USS Dewey and several Navy aircraft were dispatched to assist the Japanese Coast Guard in the search of the missing crew.