Five wounded sailors and ten missing after the collision of the destroyer USS John S. McCain
This is the second crash this year, both very similar
At least five US sailors have been injured and another 10 are missing after the guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant ship near the Straits of Malacca that separates the Malaysian peninsula from the island Indonesia’s Sumatra, as reported by the United States Navy.
“There are currently ten missing sailors and five wounded. Four of the wounded have been evacuated by a Singapore Navy helicopter to a hospital in Singapore with non-life-threatening injuries. The fifth wounded sailor does not require additional medical care”, the US Navy said in a statement.
The crash occurred around 6:20 am (local time) when the US destroyer was on a routine visit to the port in Singapore, the US Navy said in a statement.
According to initial reports, the USS John S. McCain has suffered damage on its port side aft.
“The ship is currently sailing under its own power and is heading for the port,” said the Navy. “The search and rescue efforts are underway in coordination with local authorities,” he added.