USS Lassen involved in collision with pleasure boat
February 17, 2009
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — A Navy destroyer and a pleasure boat collided near Yokosuka harbor Sunday, but appeared to suffer no significant damage, Japanese Coast Guard and Navy officials said.
At about 12:25 p.m., the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen made contact with the Sumomo II, a 34-foot boat with four people on board, according to statements from the Navy and Japanese Coast Guard.
"Although there are some damages at the bow and the starboard side of the boat, none of the four people on board were injured," according to the translated Japanese Coast Guard statement. "There was also no flooding and [Sumomo II] was able to self operate/navigate."
The Sumomo II captain, Seishi Hotoda of Tokyo, was fishing when the incident occurred, according to the Japanese Coast Guard statement.
The Lassen returned to port under its own power, Navy officials said.
Preliminary indications showed no significant damage to the ship, Navy officials said.
"We’re working closely with the Japanese Coast Guard," said Navy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. K.C. Marshall on Sunday.