Sailors Killed in Collision Off Japan's Coast Named
By Faith Magbanua, June 19, 2017 22:06 PM
The US Navy has identified the seven sailors who were killed when their destroyer, USS Fitzgerald, collided with a container ship in Japanese waters on Saturday.
In a statement told by the US Navy, at least three others were injured in the collision which took place near the port city of Yokosuka.
Many of the Fitzgerald's crew were asleep when the incident occurred. The US Navy said it was investigating every angle of the incident.
The warship has since been towed to the US naval base in Yokosuka, Japan.
The seven sailors were first reported missing after the collision which took place at about 02:30 local time on Saturday (17:30 GMT Friday).
The Navy said that the divers gained access to the damaged areas of the ship and have found the remains of the seven sailors.
The commander of the 7th Fleet, Joseph P Aucoin, told reporters that the collision caused a "big gash" under the warship's waterline.
He said the vessel could have sunk were it not for "heroic efforts" by its crew members, which prevented the flooding from "catastrophically spreading" to other parts of the warship.
Marine traffic records suggest that the container ship, the Filipino-flagged ACX Crystal, made a sudden U-turn roughly 25 minutes before the crash. However, the change of course of the naval ship was still unknown.
Similar records for the USS Fitzgerald are not publicly available.
According to maritime rules, vessels are supposed to give way to ships on their starboard side - which is where the damage to the destroyer is - sparking questions over whether the US ship could have been at fault.
The following are the list of the names of the sailors that have been found:
- Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19
- Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25
- Ngoc T Truong Huynh, 25
- Noe Hernandez, 26
- Carlos Victor Ganzon Sibayan, 23
- Xavier Alec Martin, 24
- Gary Leo Rehm Jr, 37
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