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U.S. admiral says remains found inside damaged destroyer
August 22, 2017 / 11:36 AM / 2 months ago

U.S. admiral says remains found inside damaged destroyer

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift speaks to reporters aboard the U.S.S. Benfold, a guided-missile destroyer, during a scheduled visit to the Chinese port city of Qingdao, Shandong province, China, August 9, 2016. REUTERS/Paul Carsten

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift on Tuesday said divers have found human remains inside the USS John S. McCain, which collided with a merchant vessel this week.

“The divers were able to locate some remains in those sealed compartments during their search today,” Swift told reporters at Singapore’s Changi Naval Base, where the damaged vessel is docked.

Swift also said the U.S. Navy was working to identify a body found by the Malaysian navy to see if it was one of 10 missing U.S. sailors in the accident.

The USS John S. McCain and the tanker Alnic MC collided on Monday while the U.S. ship was nearing Singapore on a routine port call. The impact tore a hole in the warship’s port side at the waterline, flooding compartments that included a crew sleeping area.

Reporting by Karisma Singh and Fathin Ungku; Editing by Nick Macfie

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