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USS Fitzgerald collides with merchant ship off the coast of Japan, seven sailors missing

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A U.S. naval destroyer the USS Fitzgerald reportedly collided with a merchant ship off the coast of Japan in the early morning hours Saturday. According to reports, the Fitzgerald took heavy damage and is taking on water but is presently in no danger of sinking. Unfortunately however there are injuries reported as well as seven U.S. sailors unaccounted for.

The Japanese coast guard is on the scene to help assist while the destroyer itself is slowing making it’s way back to the Japanese coast.

It’s unclear at this point who is at fault for the accident.

We’ll have more as it becomes available.

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