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Fil-Am dies in collision of US Navy, PH ships

A Filipino-American was among the seven fatalities of the collision between a US Navy destroyer and a Philippine-flagged vessel off Yokosuoka, Japan.

This surfaced despite an announcement lby the Department of Foreign Affairs over the  weekend that no Filipino died from the incident.

The Fil-American crew was identified as Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlos Victor Ganzon Sibayan, 23 years old, who hailed from Pasig City and is currently a resident of Chula Vista in San Diego, California.

Sibayan was one of the sailors trapped in the flooded hold of the destroyer Fitzgerald.

In a tribute written for Sibayan in the San Diego Union Tribune, the Fil-American sailor was described as witty and the kind of person that often makes everybody laugh.

“There was never a time that Carlos wasn’t making people laugh,” Sibayan’s fellow cadet in Chaparral High School’s Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. Chase Cornils said.

“He always had a cheerful attitude and a smile on his face. When I think of Carlos, I can only remember an extremely happy guy who was willing to help all of his friends,” he added.

The news agency said that Sibayan and another sailor from San Diego, Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25. Yeoman 3rd Class, were among the fatalities of the collision.

The agency said that both will be remembered as brave and kind men who loved their country, their shipmates and their Navy.

The USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel on Sunday at 2:30 a.m. (Manila Time) within 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka.

CASUALTIES. This combination of pictures created on June 19, 2017 shows photos released by the US Navy’s 7th Fleet of four of the seven sailors onboard the USS Fitzgerald who died in the June 16, 2017 collision with the container ship ACX Crystal off Japan’s Pacific coast.The US Navy on June 19, 2017, identified all seven sailors killed after their destroyer was partially flooded following the collision. From left: Shingo Alexander Douglass, Carlos Victor Ganzon Sibayan, Dakota Kyle Rigsby and Ngoc T Truong Huynh. AFP
The DFA had reported that no Filipino was hurt in the collision.

“Further to our earlier statement, the PHL Embassy in Tokyo has been advised by Japanese authorities that there are no Filipino casualties so far from the collision that happened at 2:30 a.m. today about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan,” the DFA’s statement said on Saturday.

It added that the Philippine-flag vessel, ACX Crystal, was manned by 20 Filipino crewmen, including a Filipino captain.

“They are safe. The ship itself was slightly damaged from the incident,” the DFA added.

It also said that the Filipino crewmen had been told not to leave the ship while it was ported at Tokyo Bay pending their interview by Japanese authorities.

The DFA said it had sent a team to meet and assist the Filipino crewmen.

Seven sailors, who were earlier reported missing has been found dead inside the wrecked ship while at least three others were injured.

Three more aboard the destroyer had been medically evacuated, including the vessel’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Bryce Benson, who has been airlifted to the US Naval Hospital in Yokosuka.

The report said Benson is now in stable condition, while the other two injured were transferred to the hospital for lacerations and bruises, while their other injuries were still being assessed.

Topics: Department of Foreign Affairs , Carlos Victor Ganzon Sibayan , Collision , US Navy destroyer , Philippine-flagged vessel
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