The gold and platinum vessel sinks at Pearl Harbor
GOLD VESSELS sink at Pearl and the Philippines, and the Philippine government has declared a disaster zone.
The Philippines is seeking to recover the gold and other valuable metals from the ship, which sank at Pearl on Dec. 7, 1941, in what became known as the Great East Asia Disaster.
The vessel was part of the USS Midway, a fleet of four merchant ships that operated out of Pearl Harbor from 1940 to 1946.
An Associated Press reporter at the scene of the sinking was given a rare look inside the stricken ship and saw that the bow and stern of the vessel were strewn with wreckage.
The waterline of the ship was also riddled with holes.
“The ship is being towed from Pearl Harbor and is being brought to the port of Manila,” the Philippine Navy said in a statement on Thursday.
Authorities said the ship sank at 2:22 p.m.
(6:22 a.m., EDT) after it was hit by a Japanese torpedo while underway at Pearl harbor.
Officials said the Japanese submarine sank at a depth of 4.6 meters (20 feet) and was about 4 kilometers (2 miles) from Pearl harbor, about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the shore.
Japan’s navy said the submarine was about 7 meters (19 feet) long and had a maximum speed of 40 knots.
It was not immediately clear what caused the collision, which happened on a foggy night, and whether the Japanese vessel was trying to flee from an American attack.
A video of the incident shows two of the four crew members aboard the ship.
One is seen on the bridge as they are being rescued from the water.
A man who appears to be the submarine’s commander, wearing a mask and sunglasses, is seen trying to escape.
Video posted on social media shows a man who appeared to be a captain and the submarine captain trying to get away from the sinking ship.
Photos on social networking sites showed the men kneeling in the water in a bid to swim away from an approaching Japanese submarine.
Police officers in Pearl Harbor on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2016.
Pearl Harbor was the site of the biggest naval battle in history between the U.S. and Japan in World War II.
A U.N. tribunal ordered the destruction of most of the city in the aftermath of the attack.
The city was also used for training and for the construction of the atomic bomb.