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2 Sailors Killed in USS Fitzgerald Collision Were From San Diego

A total of seven bodies were recovered from flooded berths on the destroyer Saturday

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    2 Sailors Killed in USS Fitzgerald Collision Were From San Diego
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    Damaged USS Fitzgerald is seen near the U.S. Naval base in Yokosuka, southwest of Tokyo, after the U.S. destroyer collided with the Philippine-registered container ship ACX Crystal in the waters off the Izu Peninsula Saturday, June 17, 2017. Seven Navy sailors were missing and at least two, including the captain, were injured after the U.S. destroyer collided with a merchant ship off the coast of Japan before dawn Saturday, the U.S. Navy and Japanese coast guard reported. The sailors bodies were later recovered.

    Two of the seven missing sailors whose bodies were found inside flooded berth compartments of the USS Fitzgerald were from San Diego, the U.S. Navy confirmed Sunday.

    Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, is from San Diego, and Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlos Victor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, is from Chula Vista.

    The collision happened early Saturday morning off the coast of Japan while most of the destroyer’s crew of about 300 was sleeping. The destroyer collided with a merchant vessel. 

    Following the collision, many of the crew reportedly kept diving into flooded parts of the ship attempting to rescue fellow sailors. Others reportedly worked to keep the destroyer afloat, or manned the guns, thinking the collision may have been an attack. 

    The U.S. Navy has identified the other five men killed as:

    • Gunner’s Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, from Palmyra, Virginia
    • Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc T Truong Huynh, 25, from Oakville, Connecticut
    • Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Noe Hernandez, 26, from Weslaco, Texas
    • Personnel Specialist 1st Class Xavier Alec Martin, 24, from Halethorpe, Maryland
    • Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr., 37, from Elyria, Ohio

    The Navy is investigating the cause of the collision.