Body found by Malaysian navy not one of the missing US sailors

US Navy and Marine Corps divers provide support to the USS John S. McCain at Changi Naval Base. (PHOTO: US Navy)

The body discovered by the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) on Tuesday (22 August) is not one of the 10 sailors who went missing from the USS John S. McCain following a mid-sea collision with an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore.

In a statement on Thursday, the US 7th Fleet said that the determination was made following medical examinations of the remains, which will be returned to the Malaysian authorities. The body was recovered by the RMN about 15 km north-west of the incident, which took place on Monday.

A joint search and rescue effort involving hundreds of Singapore personnel across various agencies, as well as forces from Malaysia and Indonesia, is currently underway. The search efforts, which involve aircraft and naval vessels, are focused on an area of 3,000 sq km around the initial location of the collision

Additional divers from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit have also joined the search.

Meanwhile, four sailors who were injured and flown off the ship to Singapore General Hospital were discharged on Wednesday and have returned to the command.

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