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Navy identifies 7 victims from USS Fitzgerald

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YOKOSUKA, Japan (AP) -

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YOKOSUKA, Japan (AP) -- The Latest on the U.S. Navy ship collision off the Japanese coast (all times local):

8:45 a.m.

The U.S. Navy has identified the seven sailors who died in a collision between the USS Fitzgerald and a container ship off Japan on Saturday.

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 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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3:15 a.m.

The mother of a U.S. Navy sailor who survived a direct hit to his sleeping berth during a collision at sea says her son kept diving back down to try to save his shipmates until the flooded berth began running out of air pockets.

Mia Sykes of Raleigh, North Carolina, told The Associated Press on Sunday that her 19-year-old son Brayden Harden was knocked out of his bunk by the impact, and water immediately began filling the berth.

Sykes says her son told her that the men sleeping on bunks above and below him were among those who died.

Sykes says her son told her that sailors initially believed they were under attack and some immediately went to man the guns.

Harden is from Herrin, Illinois, and recently was redeployed.

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The commander of the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet says that search and rescue efforts are over for the seven sailors missing after a destroyer collided with a merchant ship in waters off Japan.

Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin told reporters at a Navy base in Yokosuka, Japan, that a number of bodies have been recovered. He wouldn't say how many, pending notification of next of kin.

The USS Fitzgerald sustained significant damage after a collision with a Philippine-flagged merchant ship on Saturday around 2:20 a.m.

The bodies were found in flooded compartments Sunday after it returned to the base in Yokosuka with the help of tug boats. 

A Wausau man was on the ship when it collided, but family members confirm that he is safe.
 

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