10 Sailors Missing After USS John S McCain Collides With Oil Tanker
US Destroyer USS John S McCain collided with an oil tanker early Monday morning (21 Aug), leaving 10 sailors missing and 5 injured. The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has sent 6 vessels and helicopters to help in the search and rescue effort, according to Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen. No crew members on the oil tanker were injured.
In a Facebook post, Defence Minister Ng said that two Patrol Vessels, one Frigate, two Super Pumas and one Chinook helicopter are assisting in the wake of the collision. One Petrol Vessel, RSS Resilience, is escorting USS John S McCain back to Changi Naval Base. The destroyer is said to be sailing on its own power. Meanwhile, the Super Puma helicopter transported injured sailors to Singapore General Hospital.
The accident happened at 5.24am in Singaporean waters, just off the coast of Johor, while the destroyer was on its way to Singapore for a routine visit. Thankfully, the oil tanker Alnic MC reported no oil spillage, despite carrying almost 12,000 tonnes of fuel oil.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has expressed his hopes that the missing sailors will be found soon.