WASHINGTON D.C. (ABC NEWS) – 10 U.S. sailors are missing after the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore early Monday morning Singapore time. The search and rescue mission continues.
The search and rescue is underway for 10 U.S. Sailors missing after the USS John S McCain collided with an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore.
The Navy said the collision between the McCain and ALNIC MC occurred as the guided missile destroyer was heading towards Singapore for a routine port visit. After the collision, a gaping hole seen in the McCain’s left rear side.
The impact caused significant damage to the hull of the ship, leading to flooding to nearby compartments, including the crews’ sleeping quarters. Five sailors sustained injuries. Four of those injured were medically evacuated via helicopter to a Singapore hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
This is the second Navy Destroyer to collide with a merchant vessel in the pacific in two months. Back in June, seven sailors lost their lives when the USS Fiztgerald collided with a much larger cargo ship off the coast of Japan.
Last week, the Navy relieved the USS Fitzgerald’s commanding officer and two others for the mistakes leading to that deadly crash.
Back at the White House last night, President Trump was asked about the McCain’s collision, he said “That’s too bad, that’s too bad.”
The president also shared his concerns in a tweet “Thoughts & prayers are w/ our @usnavy sailors aboard the #ussjohnsmccain where search & rescue efforts are underway.”
Senator John McCain, whose father and grandfather are the namesakes of the ship, also weighed in on twitter. The senator tweeted. “Cindy and I are keeping America’s sailors aboard the USS John S McCain in our prayers tonight – appreciate the work of search & rescue crews.”