Seven dead sailors ‘were trapped ALIVE inside flooding USS Fitzgerald after their comrades were forced to shut them in to stop the stricken vessel from sinking’ after collision with cargo ship

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
By Paul Martin

Seven US sailors died as a result of Saturday’s collision with a cargo ship just outside Tokyo Bay
The ACX Crystal’s protruding hull punctured the Fitzgerald’s hull under the water line – and into a sleeping bay
It’s now believed some of the men may have been trapped alive as hatches closed to contain flooding
It’s not known how the US destroyer was hit by a cargo vessel but the Crystal may have been on autopilot
The cargo ship sailed away from the stricken vessel for seven miles before it turned around to help
That’s why it only called in the crash 50 minutes later – a discrepancy that vexed investigators yesterday
The 30,000-ton Crystal outweighs the 8,000-ton US ship; it’s speculated the crew didn’t know about the hit

By JAMES WILKINSON
DAILYMAIL.COM
20 June 2017

The Navy is investigating the horrifying possibility that some of those who died on the USS Fitzgerald when it sank may have been trapped alive in rapidly flooding compartments as emergency hatches were closed, it has emerged.

Cargo ship the ACX Crystal slammed into the side of the US destroyer off the Japanese coast while much of the rest of the crew were asleep on Saturday.

The cargo ship’s bow, which protrudes underneath the water, punctured the steel armor of the ship, opening a hole into the quarters where more than 100 sailors slept.

Emergency hatches were closed on the compromised berthing compartments to stop the ship from sinking.

Now it’s suspected that some of the seven men who died aboard the ship were locked in those rooms as they were flooded, Good Morning America reported.

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