A coast guard official said Monday they are trying to find out what the crew of the Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal was doing before reporting the collision off
The ACX Crystal collided with the USS Fitzgerald off
A track of the much-larger container ship's route by MarineTraffic, a vessel-tracking service, shows it made a sudden turn as if trying to avoid something at about
The coast guard initially said the collision occurred at
Coast guard official
He said officials are planning to get hold of a device with communication records to examine further details of the crash.
Adding to the confusion, a
Asked about the earlier time cited by the coast guard,
Meguro said the ship was "operating as usual" until the collision at
"Because it was in an emergency, the crewmembers may not have been able to place a call," she said.
Coast guard officials are investigating the case as possible professional negligence, but no criminal charges have been pressed so far.
On Monday, the
The victims were Gunner's Mate Seaman
In a statement, acting Navy Secretary
He thanked "our Japanese allies" for their swift assistance, and said the
She described her brother as "selfless" and said he always "had the brightest smile."
The mother of another sailor on the ship said her son kept diving in his flooded berth after the crash to try to save his shipmates until it began running out of air pockets, while other survivors — believing their ship was under attack — hurried to man the guns.
Sykes said her son told her that four men in his berth died, including those sleeping on bunks above and below him, while three died in the berth above his.
She said she hopes her son, from