AMERICAS >US Navy confirms all 7 missing sailors dead

The deceased sailors were identified as: Gunner's Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, of Palmyra, Virginia; Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, of San Diego; Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc T Truong Huynh, 25, of Oakville, Connecticut; Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Noe Hernandez, 26, of Weslaco, Texas; Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlos Victor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, of Chula Vista, California; Personnel Specialist 1st Class Xavier Alec Martin, 24, of Halethorpe, Maryland; and Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr., 37, of Elyria, Ohio.

Almost an hour passed before the crew of a container ship reported its collision with a U.S. destroyer, according to the Japanese coast guard, raising more questions about the sequence of events that ultimately led to the death of seven American sailors.

A track of the container ship's route by MarineTraffic, a vessel-tracking service, shows it made a sudden turn as if trying to avoid something at about 1:30 a.m., before continuing eastward. The Japan Coast Guard radioed it after receiving the first report of the collision. The 7th fleet later confirmed that the sailors were in stable condition and were being treated for lacerations and bruises at the Naval Hospital Yokosuka.

They were also investigating why the cargo ship took almost an hour before reporting the collision.

The Japan Coast Guard subsequently revised the time to 1:30am, meaning the container ship waited 55 minutes before contacting the coast guard, according to the Japan Coast Guard.

"Because it was in an emergency, the crewmembers may not have been able to place a call", she said.

The navy's acting secretary Sean Stackley said "we are all deeply saddened by the tragic loss of our fellow shipmates". "You have to realize a lot of them are 18, 19 and 20-year-olds living with guilt". The USS Fitzgerald crew will also be interviewed.

Aucoin said the cabin of the Fitzgerald's captain, Cmdr.

"This loss is something we all feel", Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, commander of the United States 7th Fleet, told reporters alongside the ship at Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan Sunday. "There was a big puncture, a big gash underneath the waterline", Aucoin said, adding that the flooding was "tremendous". "They had to fight the ship to keep it above the surface".

Container ships like the Crystal have bulbous bows under the waterline and that portion of the cargo vessel plowed into the USA warship.

Aucoin said that much of the crew of about 300 was asleep when the collision happened at 2:20 a.m. Saturday, and that one machinery room and two berthing areas for 116 crew members were severely damaged. The damage indicates that the Fitzgerald was hit on its right side, while the Crystal was damaged on its left side, suggesting they were traveling in the same direction.

Most congestion occurs in the early hours of the day, and fast currents make it a tricky area that requires experience and skill to navigate.

She said she hopes her son, from Herrin, Illinois, can come home to be with family as he works through what happened.

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