PHILIPPINE SEA - Family and friends of two Southeast Texas sailors have been waiting to hear from them tonight after their ship was involved in a collision with another ship off the coast of Japan.
The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine container ship off the coast of Japan in the early hours of Saturday morning local time, the Navy's 7th Fleet said.
A family friend tells 12News that the family of Josh Mason, of Lumberton, has heard from him and that he is ok.
Family members of Boatswain's Mate Seaman Skyler Click, 20, of Conroe, who grew up in Orangefield, also say he is ok.
Both men are currently deployed aboard the ship.
Skyler Click is need of supplies following the ship collision. His items were lost during the collision .Some of the supplies that Click needs are socks, underwear (medium/32), shirts (medium/32), Shoes (size 12). Visa gift cards are welcomed as well.
If you ship items yourself, ask for military shipping prices, and ask for boxes and envelopes for military at the post office. The boxes and envelopes are free for those sending items to military.
You can send donations to Click’s address at:
UNIT 100173 BOX 1303
FPO AP 96665
You can also drop off donations at several of Chris Kovatch and Brittany Chalmers Yu’s business locations and they will ship the items to Click personally. You can drop off donations to the following locations:
Shabby Chic Hair Boutique, located at 314 Henrietta Street in Orange.
Thayer Dance Academy/The Swim Club will also take donations at 9908 FM 105 in Orange.
Something Beautiful Salon at 5572 FM 408 in Orange. You can call Something Beautiful Salon at 409-350-0918.
A drop box will be located in the salon for donations.
Click will be giving any unused donations to his shipmates.
Japan broadcaster NHK says 7 U.S Navy ship members unaccounted for after collision with a container ship off Japan .
The Fitzgerald was operating about 56 miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, when it hit the container ship at approximately 2:30 a.m. local time.
The U.S. ship sustained damage on its starboard side and is experiencing flooding in some spaces, according to the 7th Fleet. Propulsion is limited.
There are no reports of fatalities aboard the Fitzgerald, Cmdr. William Clinton, a spokesman for the 7th Fleet, told ABC News. There have been injuries reported on the U.S. ship, and one sailor is being medevacked via helicopter in coordination with the Japanese Coast Guard.
The Navy is checking to see if there are any missing sailors, he said.
According to Clinton, the Fitzgerald is now under its own power and headed back to its home port of Yokosuka in Tokyo Bay, traveling at about 3 knots.
A U.S. Navy destroyer USS Dewey and two Navy tug boats are headed to assist the Fitzgerald as it transits to Yokosuka.
Two Japanese Coast Guard ships, the Izunami and the Kano, were also headed to the scene of the collision. Naval aircraft are being prepared to assist as well, according to the 7th Fleet.
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