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SINGAPORE: 10 sailors declared missing after US destroyer collided with oil tanker



SINGAPORE: 10 sailors declared missing after US destroyer collided with oil tanker

In what is recorded as the second accident involving an American warship in two months, a US navy guided-missile destroyer collided with an oil tanker in waters east of Singapore, with no less than 10 sailors declared missing after the incident.

The US missile destroyer which was heading to Singapore for a routine port visit reportedly collided with the Liberian-flagged oil tanker in Malaysian waters, sustaining damage on its port side after the collision.

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According to a statement by the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet, five sailors were hurt, four of whom had been evacuated for treatment for non-life threatening injuries, and one, who did not require further medical attention.

Moments after the incident, President Donald Trump responded to the incident when he tweeted thus; “Thoughts & prayers are w/ our @USNavy sailors aboard the #USSJohnSMcCain where search & rescue efforts are underway.”

Recall in June that no less than seven sailors died when the USS Fitzgerald and a container ship hit each other in waters off Japan.


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