10 Sailors Missing In 2nd US Warship Collision In 2 Months

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| August 21 , 2017 , 10:25 IST

In the second incident involving a US warship in the past two months, a US destroyer collided with a tanker east of Singapore on Monday due to which 5 sailors have been injured and 10 sailors are missing. A rescue operation involving tug boats, a helicopter, a police coast guard vessel and US aircraft has been launched to look for the 10 missing sailors.

The guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain was headed for a routine port visit in Singapore when it collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC near the Straits of Malacca east of Singapore in the early hours, the US Navy said in a statement.

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"Initial reports indicate John S McCain sustained damage to her port side aft. There are currently 10 sailors missing and five injured... Search and rescue efforts are underway in coordination with local authorities," said the statement.

"The extent of damage and personnel injuries is being determined. The incident will be investigated," the statement added.

According to the Navy, the ship was heading to port, sailing under its own power. The ship the USS John S McCain collided with weighs over 30,000 tonnes and is a Liberian-flagged tanker used for transporting oil and chemicals.

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Previously on June 17, seven sailors died when the destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine-flagged cargo ship in a busy channel near Yokosuka, a gateway to container ports in Tokyo, Japan. The sailors were found by divers in flooded sleeping berths a day after the collision tore a gash into the side of the US destroyer.

Over the past decade, there have been around 30 ship collisions in the area.