SINGAPORE: Search efforts for 10 missing US sailors continued more than 24 hours after the US Navy destroyer USS John S McCain and an oil tanker collided in Singapore territorial waters on early Monday morning (Aug 21).
Singapore's Maritime Port Authority (MPA) chief executive Andrew Tan told reporters on Tuesday that MPA continued to lead search and rescue efforts and had deployed more aircraft and vessels for the operation.
"We have two RSN patrol vessels on the scene right now, we have RSAF dispatching their aircraft. I understand that the US will also be deploying more of their assets," he said.
"So everyone is working closely together to make sure that we spare no effort in terms of searching for the unaccounted for."
Aircraft from the amphibious assault ship USS America are searching an area east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet said in a statement on Tuesday.
The collision between the McCain and the merchant vessel Alnic MC happened while the US warship was transiting to Singapore for a routine port call. Five US sailors were injured - four were evacuated by helicopter to the Singapore General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, while the fifth did not need further treatment.
The McCain is currently berthed at Changi Naval Base and the Alnic is now at Singapore's eastern anchorage for inspections, according to Singapore authorities.