Two local high school grads among those killed on U.S.S. Fitzgerald

Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, from San Diego, California. Douglass was one of seven Sailors killed when the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) was involved in a collision with the Philippine-flagged merchant vessel ACX Crystal. The incident is under investigation. U.S. Navy photo
Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, from San Diego, California. Douglass was one of seven Sailors killed when the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) was involved in a collision with the Philippine-flagged merchant vessel ACX Crystal. The incident is under investigation. U.S. Navy photo
Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlos Victor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, from Chula Vista, California. Sibayan was one of seven Sailors killed when the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) was involved in a collision with the Philippine-flagged merchant vessel ACX Crystal. The incident is under investigation. U.S. Navy photo
Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlos Victor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, from Chula Vista, California. Sibayan was one of seven Sailors killed when the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) was involved in a collision with the Philippine-flagged merchant vessel ACX Crystal. The incident is under investigation. U.S. Navy photo

UPDATED 7:54 p.m. PDT

Two graduates of local high schools were among those killed when the U.S.S. Fitzgerald collided with a freighter off the coast of Japan.

25-year-old Shingo Douglass was a 2010 graduate of Fallbrook High School. Carlos Sibayan, 23, was a 2012 graduate of Chaparral, and was reportedly a member of the school’s Naval Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps while enrolled there.

Both, along with five other sailors, perished in a collision with the ACX Crystal, a container ship flagged in the Phillipines, off Japan’s Izu Peninsula.

The other five were identified as Dakota Rigsby, 19, of Palmyra, Virginia; Ngoc Truong Huynh, 25, of Oakville, Connecticut; Noe Hernandez, 26, of Weslaco, Texas; Alec Martin, 24, of Halethorpe, Maryland; and Gary Rehm Jr., 37, of Elyria, Ohio.

“Our deepest sympathies are with the families of these sailors,” Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin said in a statement Sunday.

The Fitzgerald suffered severe damage as flooding overtook three large compartments, including one machinery room and two berthing areas for 116 crew, Aucoin said.

The incident occurred Saturday at 2:20 a.m. local time.

The commanding officer’s cabin was directly impacted by the collision, injuring Commander Bryce Benson. A medevac was performed on Benson by the Japanese Coast Guard, Aucoin said. A medevac was also performed on two other sailors with minor injuries.

All three patients are alert and under observation at naval Hospital Yokosuka, Aucoin said.

USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) is towed into port following a collision with a merchant vessel at approximately 2:30 a.m. local time, June 17, while operating about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo
USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) is towed into port following a collision with a merchant vessel at approximately 2:30 a.m. local time, June 17, while operating about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo

“The ship’s crew was swift and responsive and I can’t tell you how proud I am of the crew for what they did to save this ship,” Aucoin said. “So through the heroic efforts of the ship’s crew, they prevented this ship from foundering or even sinking.”

Aucoin said the incident will be investigated.

“We owe it to our families and the Navy to understand what happened,” he said.

Original story:

Chaparral High School graduate Carlos Sibayan was among those killed when the U.S.S. Fitzgerald collided with a freighter off the coast of Japan, the U.S. Navy said Sunday.

Sibayan was a 2012 graduate of Chaparral, and was reportedly a member of the school’s Naval Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps while enrolled there.

Sibayan and six other sailors aboard the Fitzgerald were killed Saturday in a collision with the ACX Crystal, a container ship flagged in the Philippines, off Japan’s Izu Peninsula.

The incident remains under investigation.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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