Collision with U.S. sub sinks Japanese fishing vessel
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- At least 10 people were reported missing from a Japanese fishing vessel after a collision with a U.S. submarine off Hawaii.
Life rafts were reported in the water, and a rescue operation was under way involving both U.S. Navy and Coast Guard vessels, according to Lt. Cmdr. Dave Warner, a spokesman for the Commander of Submarine Forces Pacific Fleet.
A Navy spokesperson at the Pentagon said as many as 25 Japanese crew members were taken aboard the submarine. Two torpedo retriever vessels were on scene to help with rescue efforts, said Lt. Cmdr. Dave Warner, a spokesman for the Commander of Submarine Forces Pacific Fleet.
The accident involved the USS Greeneville, a Los Angeles-class attack submarine based at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
The Navy said the submarine was on a routine operation when it surfaced at 1:45 p.m. nine miles south of Diamondhead near Honolulu, Hawaii.
The Navy says it appears the stern of the submarine made contact with the commercial ship.
There was no damage to the submarine.
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