BEIRUT, Lebanon -- A small Lebanese-registered merchant ship collided with a U.S. Navy support vessel and sank 35 miles southwest of Beirut. All five crew members were rescued.
The Navy said the collision occurred shortly before dawn Wednesday as USS Fort Snelling, a dock landing ship, was taking aboard supplies. The merchant ship, Diana D., was apparently headed to Beirut with a cargo of lumber.
There were no injuries to Navy crew members aboard the Snelling and only superficial damage to the ship, a Navy spokesman said. The Snelling is a support vessel to the 1,800-member Marine peace-keeping unit in Beirut.
All five crew members of the sunken merchant ship were taken aboard the USS Sylvania, which was supplying the Snelling at the time of the accident.
The crew was treated for cuts and bruises but none appeared to be seriously hurt. The Navy said the accident was under investigation.