Halethorpe Man Among 7 Sailors Who Died in USS Fitzgerald Collision Off Japan

YOKOSUKA, Japan (AP) — A Halethorpe man is among the seven sailors who died when their destroyer collided with a container ship off Japan on Saturday, the U.S. Navy said Sunday.

Seven crew members were unaccounted for after the collision flooded berths with seawater. Navy divers recovered the bodies after the severely damaged USS Fitzgerald returned to a Navy base in Yokosuka, Japan, aided by tugboats.

The Japan-based 7th Fleet identified the victims on Monday as Personnel Specialist 1st Class Xavier Alec Martin, 24, from Halethorpe, Maryland; Gunner’s Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, from Palmyra, Virginia; Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, from San Diego, California; Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc T Truong Huynh, 25, from Oakville, Connecticut; Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Noe Hernandez, 26, from Weslaco, Texas; Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlosvictor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, from Chula Vista, California; and Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr., 37, from Elyria, Ohio.


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