Navy stops search for 7 missing sailors after bodies found

In this Aug. 20, 2013 photo, the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) makes its way through the Pacific Ocean. The U.S. military said the Navy destroyer collided with a merchant ship off the coast of Japan and said there have been injuries. In a brief written statement, U.S. Pacific Fleet in Hawaii said the Navy has requested assistance from the Japanese Coast Guard. (Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly/U.S. Navy via AP)

YOKOSUKA, Japan (AP) – The commander of the U.S. Navy‘s 7th Fleet says search and rescue efforts are over for the seven sailors missing after a destroyer collided with a merchant ship in waters off Japan. Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin says a number of bodies have been recovered but wouldn’t say how many, pending notification of next of kin. He described the damage and flooding on the USS Fitzgerald as extensive, including a big puncture under the waterline. He says the crew had to fight to keep the ship afloat.