Remains discovered of some sailors aboard USS John S. McCain
Some remains of the 10 missing sailors aboard the USS John S. McCain have been discovered, the commander of the U.S. Navy in the Pacific said Tuesday.
Divers discovered the bodies in a compartment of the destroyer, which collided with an oil tanker near Singapore on Monday.
The tanker ripped a large hole in the left side of the ship, which is based in Yokosuka, Japan.
“It’s premature to say how many and what the status of those bodies is,” Adm. Scott Swift said at a news conference aboard the ship Tuesday. “We’re always hopeful that there are survivors as our efforts have continued.”
U.S., Malaysian and Singapore diving crews have been combing the ship in search of remains or survivors.
The Malaysian Navy found one body, which is being transferred over to U.S. custody, Swift said.
Other bodies were found Tuesday, he added.
Five crew members were also wounded during the collision, four of whom were medevacked to a hospital in Singapore, the admiral said.
Divers are combing compartments of the ship for survivors or remains.
The remaining wounded service member was taken off the destroyer when it arrived at Changi Naval Base in Singapore.
Swift toured the McCain on Tuesday to inspect the damage to the 505-foot destroyer.
He said early investigations don’t show that a cyberattack might’ve caused the ship to collide with the tanker.
He pointed out that was the fourth such incident this year, however.
Seven sailors died in mid-June aboard the USS Fitzgerald when it collided with a Philippine cargo ship off the coast of Japan.
Swift said the Navy will conduct a top-to-bottom inspection of all above-surface vessels to ensure their safety.
“One tragedy like this is one too many,” he said. “And while each of these four events is unique, they cannot be viewed in isolation.”