Thursday, 24 August 2017

Body found after USS John S McCain collision is not one of missing US sailors, US navy said

A body found at sea following a collision between a US destroyer and an oil tanker is not one of 10 missing American sailors, the US navy has said.

The Malaysian navy found the remains earlier this week after the USS John S McCain crashed into the tanker off Singapore.

The body has been medically examined and will be returned to Malaysian authorities, a statement from the US navy's Asia-based 7th Fleet said.

Officials also announced on Thursday a search at sea for the missing sailors has been called off.

It brings to an end the 80-hour inspection of a 2,100-square mile (5,400-square km) stretch of water east of Singapore.

Marine Corps divers will continue to search for the missing sailors in flooded compartments of the McCain, which is now docked in the southeast Asian city-state.

Some remains have already been found in one of the ships compartments, with the US navy confirming the identity of one body as Kenneth Aaron Smith, a 22-year-old electronics technician from New Jersey.

SKY       News.