10 sailors have gone missing after a collision between a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer and an oil tanker off Singapore.
Photos have emerged of the destroyer – USS John S. McCain, with a huge hole in its side at the waterhole. It’s now at the Changi Naval Base in Singapore.
The search began on Monday and is continuing for the sailors after the collision caused serious damage to the hull and flooded crew berthing, machinery and communication rooms, said the 7th Fleet in their statement.
They also said that Navy Seahawk helicopters and Ospreys were joining ships and helicopters from Singapore and Malaysia to search for the missing crew.
Four sailors were rescued from the destroyer and are being treated in hospital in Singapore. Their injuries are not life-threatening. A fifth sailor did not need to be treated.
President Donald Trump responded to questions from reporters about the collision on Sunday night.
“That’s too bad,” he said. But he later tweeted Sunday night that “Thoughts & prayers are w/ our @USNavy sailors aboard the #USSJohnSMcCain where search & rescue efforts are underway”.
No oil leaked from the oil tanker, reported Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority.
“There is no report of oil pollution and traffic in the Singapore Strait is unaffected,” they said.
No crew in the tanker were injured.