Five sailors injured, 10 missing after US Navy destroyer collides with merchant ship near Singapore

A US destroyer collided with a merchant vessel east of Singapore on Monday and initial reports indicate it has sustained damage, the US Navy said

AFP August 21, 2017 06:56:23 IST
Five sailors injured, 10 missing after US Navy destroyer collides with merchant ship near Singapore

Singapore: Ten sailors are missing and five injured after a United States destroyer collided on Monday with a tanker east of Singapore, the United States Navy said, adding search and rescue efforts were under way.

Five sailors injured 10 missing after US Navy destroyer collides with merchant ship near Singapore

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"There are currently 10 sailors missing and five injured," said the navy in an update on the collision between the guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain and merchant vessel Alnic MC in the early hours.

"The guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain (DDG 56) was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on 21 August," said a statement.

"Initial reports indicate John S McCain sustained damage to her port side aft. Search and rescue efforts are underway in coordination with local authorities."

The statement did not give further details.

Senator John McCain, after whom the destroyer is named, took to Twitter to express his concern.

The collision was reported at 5.24 am (9.24 pm GMT Sunday) while the ship was heading for a routine port visit in Singapore, the statement said.

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