The remains of some of the sailors lost in the collision between the USS John S. McCain and the commercial tanker Alnic MC have been found by U.S. Navy divers in the flooded compartments of the damaged warship.
The collision, which took place early Monday morning, saw the Alnic MC collide with the McCain on its rear, port side, with damage extending below the waterline. The crew of the ship were able to stem the flooding and continue to port, but 10 sailors remained missing as it got underway near the East coast of Singapore. Four others were airlifted from the ship due to injuries, with one more sailor sustaining injuries that did not require medevac.
Adm. Scott H. Swift, commander of the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet, declined to say how many bodies had been found thus far, but he did report that the Malaysian Navy had recovered a body at sea that may be one of the missing sailors as well.
“We have discovered other bodies during the diving on the McCain today,” Admiral Swift said at a news conference, held within sight of the damaged ship. “But it is premature to say how many or what the status of the recovery of those bodies is.”