Crash: Race to find 7 missing US navy crew begins

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The collision left a huge gash down the right-hand side of the ship
Photo: BBC/Reuters

A major search operation is under way for seven missing US sailors after their ship collided with a merchant vessel off the coast of Japan.

Several Japanese and US boats and aircraft have been deployed, with the search continuing into the night.

An investigation into how the USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine-registered container ship in the early hours of Saturday morning has begun.

The ship’s commanding officer was among three people aboard to be hospitalised.

The incident took place some 56 nautical miles (104km) south-west of the Japanese port city of Yokosuka, at about 02:30 local time on Saturday (17:30 GMT Friday).

The Navy ship’s starboard side was heavily damaged in the collision, but the vessel later managed to slowly return to its base in Yokosuka, with the assistance of…

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