( Daily Mail ) Rescuers are searching for seven US Sailors thought to be lost at sea or trapped inside a damaged Navy destroyer which collided with a 29,000 ton cargo ship 56 miles off the coast of Japan Saturday.
The guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald suffered severe damage when the container ship ACX Crystal – which is four times the size of the naval vessel – plowed into it at 2.30am local time.
Aerial footage shows the crushed exterior of the 9,000 ton $1.5billion destroyer which is commanded by Commander Bryce Benson, who took over in May.
Japanese coast guard spokesman Yoshihito Nakamura said the rescuers are searching for the seamen who were thought to have been thrown into the sea or possibly trapped inside damaged sections of the destroyer. Two crew berthings and one engineering main space have been flooded.
Three aboard the destroyer were medically evacuated, including the ship’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Benson, who was reportedly in stable condition after being airlifted to the U.S. Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, the Navy said.
The other two injured were transferred to the hospital for lacerations and bruises, while other injuries were being assessed, it said.
‘It was a was real fight by crew to keep the ship afloat. Our concerns now are with ship mates; seven sailors missing and 2 evacuees. When the news came we were all focused on the safety of or ship and the crew,’ a naval spokesman in Yokosuka told DailyMail.com. ‘We at the base are still reeling from the events.’
Read more: Seven sailors missing feared dead after $1.5bn US Navy destroyer collides with 29,000 ton cargo ship at 2.30am off Japan – crushing sleeping quarters and leaving the crew ‘fighting to keep her afloat’
Saudi’s King Salman Arrives In Japan: 10 Aircraft, 500 Limos, 500 Tons Of Luggage, 12,000 Hotel Rooms, 2 Golden Escalators
The 81-year-old king, who was greeted by Japan‘s Crown Prince Naruhito at Haneda airport, will meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday and as he kicks off the Japanese leg of a broader tour of Asia.
Salman, who will visit 83-year-old Emperor Akihito on Tuesday, is travelling in style with his demands ranging from golden elevators to a fleet of hundreds of limousines.
Some 1,200 rooms at Tokyo’s luxury hotels have been booked by the delegation for the three-night stay through Wednesday, according to local media, which has also reported that hundreds of limousines have been brought into the capital to accomodate the visitors.
This follows a lavish nine-day trip to Indonesia where the king ordered for a special toilet to be build in a mosque and a custom seat to be built in the House of Representatives.
PHOTOS: TRUMP AND GLAMOROUS MELANIA WITH JAPANESE PM SHINZO ABE AND HIS WIFE AKIE WITH PATRIOTS OWNER ROBERT KRAF AT MAR-A-LAGO RESORT
( Daily Mail ) The Supper Bowl! The Trumps, the Japanese prime minister and his wife are joined by New England Patriots owner for dinner at Mar-a-Lago after the First Family fly to Florida on Air Force One
- President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe departed for Mar-a-Lago for a weekend of golf and meetings
- President was reunited with Melania Trump, who sported large sunglasses as she boarded Air Force One
- Daughter Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner also hopped aboard the plane for the trip
- Abe was accompanied by his wife, having lunched with Trump at the White House amid new talk of bilateral trade and infrastructure plans
- President, Melania, the Japanese prime minister and his wife, as well as Robert Kraft, the owner of the Super Bowl winners the New England Patriots, went for dinner
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TRUMP ALREADY BRINGING 50,000 JOBS THANKS TO JAPAN’S SOFT BANK $50 BILLION INVESTMENT – FINALLY, A PRESIDENT WHO KNOWS THE MEANING OF WORK INSTEAD OF GOOFING OFF LIKE OBAMA!
Amazing! Trump already bringing 50,000 jobs to America thanks to Japan’s Soft Bank $50 billion investment. After Obama’s goof-off presidency, we finally have someone who knows what the meaning of work is – instead of lazy bum Obama whose definition of being president is constant traveling in Air Force One, playing golf, non-stop White House VIP parties with celebs and donor buddies, and making tv appearances on late night comedy shows.