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Divers have located human remains in warship: US admiral

By AFP
media The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain, with a hole on its portside after a collision with an oil tanker, makes its way to Changi naval base in Singapore AFP

Divers searching for 10 missing sailors on a US destroyer that collided with a tanker off Singapore have found human remains, the commander of the US Pacific Fleet said Tuesday.

"The divers were able to locate some remains in those sealed compartments during their search today," Admiral Scott Swift told reporters, referring to a search by divers of compartments on the damaged warship USS John S. McCain.

He added that Malaysian authorities, one of three countries involved in the major hunt for the sailors, had also found a body and it was being transferred to the US Navy for identification.

The accident happened before dawn Monday in busy shipping lanes around the Strait of Singapore, with water flooding into the vessel after a huge hole was torn in its hull.

It was the second such accident in two months involving a US warship after the USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine-flagged cargo ship off Japan in June, leaving seven sailors dead.

 
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