Saturday, June 17, 2017

The flooded berthing compartment originally berthed 116 sailors that night

This sounds about like half of the non-officer crew right there. So, this is one of the possibly two berthing compartments with hammocks on board this ship that had to be flooded. It's good so many escaped with their lives and only a few didn't make it out before the compartment was flooded so the ship wouldn't sink and more lives lost.

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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.
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