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HONOLULU, Hawaii -- Japanese survivors of Friday's collision between their fisheries training ship and a U.S. nuclear submarine vented their rage on Tuesday after being informed that a civilian was at the helm of the sub at the crucial moment of surfacing.
The crew of the Ehime Maru and Japanese defense experts said it was unbelievable that a civilian should be at the controls during such a critical maneuver.
Ryoichi Miya, 58, first mate of the Ehime Maru, flushed with anger when he heard the news.
"As a sailor, I can never tolerate having a civilian in control. It's unforgivable," said Miya when he talked with the media Tuesday local time.