Fluvanna sailor killed in USS Fitzgerald collision

Many across America worried when they heard that the USS Fitzgerald, a 10,000-ton guided-missile destroyer, had collided with the ACX Crystal, a 29,000-ton container ship off the coast of Japan Saturday (June 17). Seven sailors were missing after the collision.

But in Palmyra the worry was more intense. Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, a Lake Monticello firefighter, was among the missing.

The next day, the U.S. Navy stated that the bodies of the missing sailors had been located in flooded compartments on the destroyer.

The Lake Monticello Fire Department posted a photo of Rigsby and a call for thoughts and prayers. Messages poured out from the community in support of the Rigsby family. His mother, Shawn Rigsby, is also a Lake Monticello firefighter.

Joe Orsolini, Lake Monticello rescue chief, said that the Rigsby family did not wish to speak with the media.

The USS Fitzgerald experienced severe damage in the collision. The container ship was lightly damaged.

There will likely be several investigations into how the USS Fitzgerald and the ACX Crystal collided. The area in which the collision occurred experiences heavy traffic.