Japan Says Deadly Ship Collision Came About Earlier Than Suggested

The ACX Crystal, the 29,000-ton Philippine ship that collided with the destroyer Fitzgerald off the coast of Japan, reported the collision to the Coast Guard at 2:25 a.m., said Tetsuya Tanaka, a Coast Guard spokesman.
According to Mr. Tanaka, the crew said the collision, which killed seven U.S. sailors, had just occurred, so the Coast Guard then estimated that it had happened at 2:20.
PhotoTOKYO — Japan’s Coast Guard said on Monday that a deadly collision between a container ship and a U.S. Navy destroyer had occurred nearly an hour earlier than previously believed, and that it was investigating whether there had been a delay in reporting the crash.
“The investigations will look at all aspects of this incident to find an answer to the cause of this collision,” said the spokesman, Cmdr.
Vice Adm. Joseph P. Aucoin, commander of the United States 7th Fleet, said on Sunday that the collision had happened at 2:20 a.m. A spokesman for the U.S. Navy declined on Monday to comment on the evolving timeline.

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