Ten sailors missing after US destroyer collision off Singapore

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PV International Desk : A rescue operation is under way for 10 sailors missing after a US destroyer collided with a tanker east of Singapore on Monday, in the second accident involving an American warship in two
months.

Guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC east of Singapore and near the Straits of Malacca in the early hours, the US Navy said a statement.

“Initial reports indicate John S. McCain sustained damage to her port side aft,” it said.

“There are currently 10 sailors missing and five injured… Search and rescue efforts are underway in coordination with local authorities.

“The extent of damage and personnel injuries is being determined. The incident will be investigated.”

The navy added that the ship was sailing under its own power and heading to port.

US Senator John McCain tweeted that he and his wife “are keeping America’s sailors aboard the USS John S McCain in our prayers tonight — appreciate the work of search & rescue crews”.