USS John S McCain: Human remains found in search for missing sailors after US warship hit oil tanker near Singapore

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Human remains have been found by divers in the search for 10 sailors missing after a collision involving a US destroyer and an oil tanker.

One side of the USS John S McCain was torn open after the crash near Singapore on Monday, resulting in flooding in compartments that included a crew sleeping area.

The discovery came when divers were sent down to search inside the warship, which is now docked at Singapore’s Changi naval base.

Commander of the US Pacific fleet Admiral Scott Swift said the Malaysian navy, which is helping with the search, has also reported finding a body.

Ten missing: A search and rescue operation has been launched after the collision (REUTERS)

Admiral Swift said: “The divers were able to locate some remains in those sealed compartments during their search today.

“Additionally, the Malaysian authorities have reported that they have located potential remains.

“They are working to confirm and identify those remains.”

He said the search would continue until all hope had been exhausted.

US Navy: The guided-missile destroyer was involved in a crash east of Singapore (REUTERS)

Five more men were injured in the accident, which happened when the guided missile destroyer was nearing Singapore for a routine port call.

A search and rescue mission, including US military helicopters, has been underway after the collision was reported at about 5.25am local time.

Authorities said the destroyer sustained damage on the left side of the vessel in the crash with the Liberian-flagged ship.

The Alnic MC, the tanker it collided with, was damaged near the front. None of its crew were injured and no oil was spilled.

It was carrying almost 12,000 tonnes of fuel oil.

It is the second collision involving a US Navy ship in recent months.

The USS John S McCain’s sister ship, the USS Fitzgerald, almost sank off the coast of Japan on June 17 after it was struck by a Philippine container ship, leaving seven sailors dead.

US Vice President Mike Pence vowed to “get to the bottom” of the situation after admitting it was “unacceptable” to have sailors killed in two collisions this year.

Collisions between warships and other large vessels are extremely rare, with naval historians going back more than 50 years to find a similar previous incident.


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