US Navy divers found the remains of some of the 10 missing sailors aboard USS John S. McCain after the Monday collision between the American destroyer and a tanker near Singapore. While the chances of finding them alive are slim, the search for the other missing sailors continues.

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The remains of some of the 10 missing US Navy sailors who were aboard USS John S. McCain when it collided with a tanker yesterday were found today (Tuesday). The collision occurred near Singapore when the American vessel was preparing to dock. According to US Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott H. Swift, the search for the other missing sailors is still underway. However, there is almost no chance of finding them alive.

In a statement, Swift said that some of the remains were discovered by US Navy divers in a room aboard the destroyer. The US, Singapore and Malaysia launched a large-scale search and rescue operation on Monday to locate the missing sailors. In addition to the 10 missing sailors, five were injured in the collision. Four of them were transported via helicopter to a hospital in Singapore.   

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“During the collision, John S. McCain sustained significant hull damage that resulted in flooding to nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery and communications rooms,” the US Navy explained in a press release.

“As details continue to emerge, we can be proud of the heroic effort by the crew to tend to the needs of those injured and save the ship from further damage while returning safely to port,” Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer said in a statement on Monday. “The United States Navy will fully investigate the cause of this incident and I ask all of you to keep the families of John S. McCain in your thoughts and prayers as we begin the task of answering the many questions before us.”