Ten sailors missing after USS John S. McCain collides with oil tanker near Singapore

Divers have found the remains of some of the 10 sailors who went missing when a US destroyer collided with a tanker off Singapore, the navy said Tuesday, the latest deadly accident involving an American warship.

The US Navy has announced a fleet-wide global investigation after the incident Monday involving the USS John S. McCain and the merchant vessel, which left a gaping gash in the destroyer’s hull. But Admiral Scott Swift, commander of the US Pacific Fleet, praised the surviving crew for saving the ship and saving lives, in the second collision involving an American warship in two months.

The accident — which also left five sailors injured — happened before dawn in busy shipping lanes around the Strait of Singapore, and sent water flooding into the ship. A massive search involving planes and aircraft was launched and US Navy divers joined the hunt Tuesday, scouring the ship’s flooded compartments.

Speaking in Singapore, Swift said “the divers were able to locate some remains in those sealed compartments during their search today”, without saying how many bodies were found. A US Navy statement confirmed he was referring to remains of some of the missing sailors.

Swift said Malaysian authorities had also found a body and were sending it to the US Navy for identification. The Malaysian navy said the body was found eight nautical miles northwest of the accident site.

The admiral said the search and rescue effort, involving hundreds of personnel and several countries, would continue, adding: “We’re always hopeful that there are survivors.”

The McCain’s crew were “tough, and they are resilient”, Swift said. “It is clear that their damage control efforts saved their ship and saved lives.”

It was the second fatal collision in two months — after the USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine-flagged cargo ship off Japan in June and left seven sailors dead — and the fourth accident in the Pacific this year involving an American warship. (AFP)

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Ten sailors missing after USS John S. McCain collides with oil tanker near Singapore

The damaged port aft hull of the USS John S. McCain, is visible while docked at Singapore’s Changi naval base on Aug. 22, 2017 in Singapore. (Photo: Wong Maye-E/AP)

Ten sailors missing after USS John S. McCain collides with oil tanker near Singapore

In this photo released by the Royal Malaysian Navy, navy sailors cover an unidentified body on to the deck of KD Lekiu frigate after it was recovered in the waters off the Johor coast of Malaysia, Aug. 22, 2017. (Photo: Royal Malaysian Navy via AP)

Ten sailors missing after USS John S. McCain collides with oil tanker near Singapore

Republic of Singapore Air Force personnel conduct a search and rescue operation for missing U.S. sailors over waters east of Singapore, on Aug. 21, 2017. (Photo: Ministry of Defense Singapore via AP)

Ten sailors missing after USS John S. McCain collides with oil tanker near Singapore

Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Scott Swift answers questions during a press conference at Singapore’s Changi naval base on Aug. 22, 2017 in Singapore. (Photo: Wong Maye-E/AP)

Ten sailors missing after USS John S. McCain collides with oil tanker near Singapore

The U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain is seen after a collision, in Singapore waters Aug. 21, 2017. (Photo: Ahmad Masood/Reuters)

Ten sailors missing after USS John S. McCain collides with oil tanker near Singapore

Personnel work on the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain after a collision, in Singapore waters Aug. 21, 2017. (Photo: Ahmad Masood/Reuters)

Ten sailors missing after USS John S. McCain collides with oil tanker near Singapore

Director General Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Zulkifili Abu Bakar addresses members of the media at the Malaysian Maritime Headquarters in Putrajaya on Aug. 21, 2017, after the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker east of Singapore. (Photo: Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images)

Ten sailors missing after USS John S. McCain collides with oil tanker near Singapore

The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain arrives at Changi Naval Base in Singapore August 21, 2017 in this handout photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy. (Photo: U.S. Navy/Reuters)

Ten sailors missing after USS John S. McCain collides with oil tanker near Singapore

A general view shows the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain with a hole on its left portside after a collision with oil tanker, outside Changi naval base in Singapore on Aug. 21, 2017. (Photo: Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images)

Ten sailors missing after USS John S. McCain collides with oil tanker near Singapore

Personnel work on the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain after a collision, in Singapore waters Aug. 21, 2017. (Photo: Ahmad Masood/Reuters)

Ten sailors missing after USS John S. McCain collides with oil tanker near Singapore

A general view shows the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain with a hole on its left portside after a collision with oil tanker, outside Changi naval base in Singapore on Aug. 21, 2017. (Photo: Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images)

Ten sailors missing after USS John S. McCain collides with oil tanker near Singapore

The U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain is seen after a collision, in Singapore waters Aug. 21, 2017. (Photo: Ahmad Masood/Reuters)

Ten sailors missing after USS John S. McCain collides with oil tanker near Singapore

Damage to the portside is visible as the Guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) steers towards Changi naval base in Singapore following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC Aug. 21, 2017. The USS John S. McCain was docked at Singapore’s naval base with “significant damage” to its hull after an early morning collision with the Alnic MC as vessels from several nations searched Monday for missing U.S. sailors. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton/U.S. Navy photo via AP)

Ten sailors missing after USS John S. McCain collides with oil tanker near Singapore

Malaysian Maritime Director Indera Abu Bakar points the damage of USS John S. McCain shown on a screen during a press conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Aug. 21, 2017. The U.S. Navy said the USS John S. McCain arrived at Singapore’s naval base with “significant damage” to its hull after a collision early Monday between it and an oil tanker east of Singapore. A number of U.S. sailors are missing after the collision, the second accident involving a ship from the Navy’s 7th Fleet in the Pacific in two months. (Photo: Daniel Chan/AP)

Ten sailors missing after USS John S. McCain collides with oil tanker near Singapore

Tanker Alnic MC is seen in Singapore waters after a collision with U.S. Navy USS John S. McCain, Aug. 21, 2017. (Photo: Christoph Van Der Perre/Reuters)

Ten sailors missing after USS John S. McCain collides with oil tanker near Singapore

The USS John S. McCain is seen docked at Changi naval base after its accident on Aug. 21, 2017 in Singapore. The USS John S. McCain was docked at Singapore’s naval base with “significant damage” to its hull (blocked by berth) after an early morning collision with the oil tanker Alnic MC as vessels from several nations searched Monday for missing U.S. sailors. (Photo: Wong Maye-E/AP)

Ten sailors missing after USS John S. McCain collides with oil tanker near Singapore

The USS John S. McCain is seen docked at Changi naval base after its accident on Aug. 21, 2017 in Singapore. The USS John S. McCain was docked at Singapore’s naval base with “significant damage” to its hull (blocked by berth) after an early morning collision with the oil tanker Alnic MC as vessels from several nations searched Monday for missing U.S. sailors. (Photo: Wong Maye-E/AP)