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Sailors' bodies were found in flooded compartments more than a day after collision with a merchant ship
The water flow into compartments that were berthing areas for 116 of the ship's crew was "tremendous", he said. In total, the US destroyer had 330 sailors on board.
Aucoin said the cabin of the Fitzgerald's captain, Cmdr. Bryce Benson, was completely destroyed. "He's lucky to be alive," he added.
Benson was flown off the crippled ship by helicopter after the accident and was being treated at the naval hospital at Yokosuka, according to Aucoin, as were two other sailors who were medevaced.