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nfirmation that the seven missing sailors on the USS Fitzgerald are dead. The announcement coming from Navy officials on Monday after the American destroyer collided with a container ship off the coast of Japan over the weekend. Multiple investigations are underway as officials try to piece together how it happened.
As Reuters Tim Kelly reports from Tokyo, there were still a lot of unanswered questions.>> The most striking thing is how rare something like this is and that an incident like this could occur when the conditions were not a problem. The skies were clear, it was at nighttime, but visibility was good and the seas were not rough.
So there's a question why two ships in those conditions with both ships having sophisticated radars that are supposed to be able to spot vessels near them. Why such an incident occurred under those conditions? Whether that was a problem in one of the systems, whether its human error, that's not clear.
But yes, obviously, something went wrong for this incident to occur.>> Japanese authorities say they're looking into the possibility of quote, professional negligence, and the part of the Fitzgerald that was damaged could be a clue.>> Generally speaking, there's a rule of thumb, ships are supposed to give way to other vessels on their starboard, on the right side.
The USS Fitzgerald has damage on it's starboard side, so an initial register maybe then, the US ship was at fault.>> No one aboard the Filipino freight ship was injured and the vessel itself took little damage. The US Navy says the Fitzgerald is salvageable, but repairs are expected to take months.