By Agence France-Presse
The crew of a Navy destroyer that collided with a Philippine-flagged cargo ship will “certainly” be held accountable for the crash that killed seven American sailors, a US protection official mentioned Friday.
“The way it looks now, it seems that the crew on the (USS) Fitzgerald is going to be at fault,” the official instructed AFP on situation of anonymity.
“They are certainly going to be held accountable in some way for their actions,” the official added.
“This is something we take very seriously. There are seven sailors that lost their lives.”
Senior spokeswoman Rear Admiral Dawn Cutler burdened the investigation was nonetheless in its “early stages” and mentioned it was too quickly to launch any definitive info.
“It is premature to speculate on causation or any other issues,” Cutler mentioned in an announcement.
The protection official mentioned the probe would likely be launched in a few month.
The sailors had been killed in a June 17 predawn collision between the USS Fitzgerald and the Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal in a busy transport channel off Japan’s coast.
Aged 19 to 37, the seamen had been discovered by divers in flooded sleeping berths a day after the collision tore an enormous gash in the aspect of the USS Fitzgerald.
There have been round 30 ship collisions over the previous decade in the busy transport space, together with a 2013 incident in which six Japanese crew members died, in accordance with the Japan Coast Guard.