Filipino among fatalities in collision off Japan's coast

Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Jun 19 2017 02:27 PM | Updated as of Jun 19 2017 02:39 PM

Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlos Victor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, from Chula Vista, California, one of the dead sailors identified by the U.S. Navy from a collision between the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald and Philippine-flagged merchant vessel, is seen in this undated handout photo released by the U.S. Navy on June 19, 2017. Courtesy of U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters

The fatal collision between the USS Fitzgerald and a Philippine-flagged merchant ship off the coast of Japan has taken the life of a Filipino sailor.

Seven sailors died when the Navy destroyer ship collided with the ACX Crystal. Among the dead was Carlosvictor Sibayan of Chula Vista, California.

According to his Facebook page, Sibayan, who grew up in southern California, is from Pasig City. 

The 23-year-old has been in the Navy for four years, spending the last three in Japan.

Local media said Sibayan came from a family of service, with his father recently retiring from the military.

His mother, Carmen, described Sibayan as a hero. 

The US Navy earlier identified the fatalities as 

Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, from Palmyra, Virginia; 
Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, from San Diego, California; 
Ngoc T Truong Huynh, 25, from Oakville, Connecticut; 
Noe Hernandez, 26, from Weslaco, Texas; 
Carlosvictor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, from Chula Vista, California; 
Xavier Alec Martin, 24, from Halethorpe, Maryland; and 
Gary Leo Rehm Jr., 37, from Elyria, Ohio.

All seven were found in flooded berthing compartments after the collision with a Philippine-flagged container ship south of Tokyo Bay early on Saturday. With Reuters