US: Some remains of sailors found on USS John McCain

Associated Press


Navy divers searching a flooded compartment of the USS John S. McCain found remains of some of the 10 sailors missing in a collision between the warship and an oil tanker, the U.S. Pacific Fleet commander said Tuesday as he promised a full investigation.

Adm. Scott Swift also said at a news conference in Singapore, where the McCain is now docked, that Malaysian officials had found one body, but it had yet to be identified, and it was unknown whether it was a crew member.

The collision before dawn Monday near Singapore tore a gaping hole in the McCain’s left rear hull and flooded adjacent compartments including crew berths and machinery and communication rooms. Five sailors were injured.

“The divers were able to locate some remains in those sealed compartments during their search today,” Swift said, adding that it was “premature to say how many and what the status of recovery of those bodies is.”

An Ohio man engaged to be married next year is among 10 U.S. sailors missing.

Jacob Drake is 21 and graduated from Triad High School in western Ohio’s Champaign County. Relatives gathered Tuesday at their home in Cable, a rural village 50 miles west of Columbus.

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