Washington, June 19, 2017.- The remains of seven sailors previously reported missing were located June 18 in flooded berthing compartments, after divers gained access to the spaces that were damaged when the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald was involved in a collision with the Philippine-flagged merchant vessel ACX Crystal, according to a U.S. 7th Fleet news release.
The deceased are:
— 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.
The incident is currently under investigation.