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Navy identifies Virginia sailor killed in USS Fitzgerald crash

(Photo: Lake Monticello Fire Department/Facebook page)

FLUVANNA Co., Va. (WSET) -- A Fluvanna County man is among those dead after the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship in the busy sea off Japan, the Navy said in a statement on Sunday.

Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, of Palmyra has been identified along with six other sailors.

The Navy says Rigsby was a Gunner's Mate Seaman.

The remains of all seven Sailors were found in flooded berthing compartments after divers gained access to the spaces on Sunday, according to the Navy.

The USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) was damaged when it collided with the Philippine-flagged merchant vessel ACX Crystal.

Rigsby had been a volunteer firefighter with the Lake Monticello Fire Department and he graduated from Fluvanna County High School, according to ABC 8 in Richmond.

The six other sailors have been identified as:

  • 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
  • Personnel Specialist 1st Class Xavier Alec Martin, 24, from Halethorpe, Maryland
  • Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr., 37, from Elyria, Ohio


At least three other crew members, including the captain, were injured in the crash, which damaged two berthing spaces, a machinery room and the radio room. Most of the more than 200 sailors aboard would have been asleep in their berths at the time of the collision.

The two ships crashed early Saturday morning.

The incident is currently under investigation.


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