US sailors sue over 'radiation sickness'
Published 08/02/2014 | 02:30
DOZENS of American sailors who assisted Japan during the 2011 nuclear disaster are suing the operators of Fukushima power plant for £612m in damages, claiming that they have become sick from radiation exposure.
The sailors were on board the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier when it was diverted to north-east Japan, following the devastation of the March 11, 2011, earthquake which triggered a tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster.
As they helped rescue victims, the claimants allege that they drank, bathed and waded through water contaminated with radiation from the damaged nuclear power plant.
A total of 79 named claimants allege that over the past three years, they have suffered from serious health issues as a result of radiation exposure from the plant, ranging from an array of cancers to fertility problems.