The search for seven U.S. Navy sailors missing after their destroyer collided with a container ship off Japan was called off Sunday after they were found dead in the ship’s flooded compartments.
The sailors have been identified:
** Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, from Palmyra, Virginia;
** Petty Officer 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, from San Diego;
** Petty Officer 3rd Class Ngoc T Truong Huynh, 25, from Oakville, Connecticut;
** Petty Officer 2nd Class Noe Hernandez, 26, from Weslaco, Texas;
** Petty Officer 2nd Class Carlos Victor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, from Chula Vista, California;
** Petty Officer 1st Class Xavier Alec Martin, 24, from Halethorpe, Maryland, and
** Petty Officer 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr., 37, from Elyria, Ohio.
Acting Secretary of the Navy Sean Stackley says the Navy is deeply saddened and promised a full investigation into a collision between a destroyer and a container ship off Japan that killed seven sailors.
He said in a statement that “we are all deeply saddened by the tragic loss of our fellow shipmates.”
He also praised their colleagues for saving the USS Fitzgerald from further damage and bringing it back to port. The incident happened early Saturday morning as many of the crew slept.
Stackley promised to “fully investigate” the cause of the collision.