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U.S. Navy identifies 1 dead, 9 missing USS McCain sailors
August 24, 2017 / 1:45 PM / a month ago

U.S. Navy identifies 1 dead, 9 missing USS McCain sailors

The U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain is seen after a collision, in Singapore waters August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy on Thursday confirmed the identity of one sailor killed after the warship USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant vessel in waters near Singapore and Malaysia, and of nine missing sailors.

“After more than 80 hours of multinational search efforts, the U.S. Navy suspended search and rescue efforts for missing USS John S. McCain sailors in an approximately 2,100-square mile area east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore,” the U.S. Seventh Fleet said on its website.

U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers will continue search efforts inside flooded compartments in the ship for the missing Sailors.

Reporting by Aradhana Aravindan

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