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7 MISSING SAILORS ON USS FITZGERALD CONFIRMED DEAD|美艦撞菲貨船 7失蹤艦員遺體尋獲

Good Morning Taiwan
2017-06-19
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First in this morning's international news, seven missing sailors on a US destroyer that collided with a container ship in waters near Tokyo on Saturday, have been confirmed dead.

After the collision between the USS Fitzgerald and a container ship off Tokyo Bay on June 17 that caused three injuries, seven US sailors were reported missing. The US Navy called a press conference on June 18 and confirmed that their bodies had been found.

==JOSEPH AUCOIN Commander, US Seventh Fleet==
We have transferred the remains to the Yokosuka Naval Hospital. The families are being notified and are being provided support that they all need at this difficult time.

According to the US Navy, the Navy ship was in a routine operation. The nearly 300 US sailors were asleep when the collision occurred. The ship was severely damaged and has been towed back to its Yokosuka base.

==JOSEPH AUCOIN Commander, US Seventh Fleet==
I really would like to express my heartfelt thanks to our Japanese allies, particularly the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force with their tremendous support. They were with us the whole time, and they really helped us out a lot.

The injured US sailors and the officer have been stabilized. None of the 20 Filipino crew members on the container ship was injured. The Japan Coast Guard has sent out people to assist the investigation that the US Navy will soon launch in the next few days.

Translated By LUKE CHIANG

美國海軍驅逐艦費茲傑羅號,17號在日本外海,和大3倍的菲律賓籍貨船相撞,船艙破損進水,已經被拖回橫須賀基地,駐日美軍今天召開記者會表示,已經在受損進水的船艙中發現7名失蹤員的遺體,確定不幸罹難。

船艙外露、船身也嚴重凹陷,美國海軍驅逐艦費茲傑羅號,17號凌晨在日本外海與1艘菲律賓商船相撞,造成包含指揮官在內3名美國海軍官兵受傷,7名美國艦員下落不明,駐日美軍今天召開記者會表示,已經在受損進水的船艙中發現7名失蹤員的遺體。

==美國第7艦隊司令 奧柯英中將==
我們已經將遺體
送往橫須賀海軍醫院進一步確認
並在這個艱難的時刻
通知這些罹難者的家屬
他們將會得到所需要的支持

軍方表示,費茲傑羅號當時正在進行巡航任務,這次因相撞受損的範圍,包括了2個寢室船艙、無線電室和1個機艙被損毀,當時船上近300名官兵中,大多在寢室內睡覺,軍艦船體嚴重受損,尋獲遺體的寢室內也灌滿海水,目前軍艦已經被拖回橫須賀基地。

==美國第7艦隊司令 奧柯英中將==
我們衷心感謝日本盟友
特別是日本海上自衛隊的幫忙
他們全程給了我們很多的協助

除了7名船員罹難外,另外3名受傷的美國海軍官兵,目前則是情況穩定,至於貨櫃船上20名菲律賓船員都沒有受傷,貨櫃船已經按照原定路線行駛到東京港,日本海上保安廳也派人協助調查,要來進一步釐清撞船原因,美軍方面最快在本周內就事件展開調查。