Seven missing sailors have been confirmed dead after a collision between USS Fitzgerald and a merchant ship off the coast of Japan, according to the U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs.
Search and rescue crews were able to gain access, Saturday morning, to the spaces that were damaged during the collision. The missing Sailors were found in the flooded living quarters and taken to Japan.
"The families are being notified and being provided the support they need during this difficult time. The names of the sailors will be released after all notifications are made," the Navy's 7th Fleet said in Saturday's statement.
The U.S. Navy has identified the seven sailors:
- 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
- Personnel Specialist 1st Class Xavier Alec Martin, 24, from Halethorpe, Maryland
- Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr., 37, from Elyria, Ohio
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