Bodies of missing sailors identified; Virginia man among them

FLUVANNA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The US Navy is reporting that the bodies of several sailors who went missing aboard the USS Fitzgerald after it collided with a large cargo ship in the sea near Japan have been found.

The U.S. Navy identified the seven sailors Sunday evening.

They are:

— 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 Carlos Victor 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

The bodies were located in a flooded compartment on the ship where it made contact with the cargo vessel.

Image courtesy of the Lake Monticello Fire Department

Rigsby was a volunteer firefighter with the Lake Monticello Fire Department and a graduate of Fluvanna County High School.

He was 19 years old.

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