Remains of missing US sailors found

Bodies of missing sailors found in sealed compartments following collision between US destroyer, oil tanker.

Gary Willig ,

USS John S. McCain (file photo)
USS John S. McCain (file photo)

The remains of several of the 10 sailors who went missing after a US Navy destroyer collided with an oil tanker were found Tuesday, a US Navy official said.

Admiral Scott Swift, the commander of the US Pacific Fleet, said Navy and Marine Corps divers found the remains after they searched compartments on the USS John S. McCain which sealed following the collision to prevent the destroyer from being flooded.

Swift said that it was "premature" to state how many bodies were found or if any sailors were still missing.

The Malaysian navy, which has been assisting in the search for the missing sailors, also found a body and turned it over to the US. It is unknown if the body was one of the missing sailors, the Washington Post reported.

The USS John S. McCain and the merchant vessel Alnic MC collided near the Straits of Malacca, east of Singapore Monday morning. The US destroyer was damaged in the collision, five of its sailors were injured, and ten were missing.