Search for US sailors draws a blank on Day 3

A US Navy helicopter from USS America lands on Royal Malaysia Navy's KD Lekiu Frigate 30 during a search and rescue operation for survivors of the USS John S. McCain ship collision in Malaysian waters on Aug 23, 2017.
A US Navy helicopter from USS America lands on Royal Malaysia Navy's KD Lekiu Frigate 30 during a search and rescue operation for survivors of the USS John S. McCain ship collision in Malaysian waters on Aug 23, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

No survivors or bodies were found on the third day of a five-nation hunt for missing US sailors, even as it emerged that the warship they were on was not detected by the Singapore authorities.

Guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with tanker Alnic MC in the Singapore Strait early on Monday, which left 10 sailors missing and five injured. The bodies of several sailors have been found.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore said yesterday that its Vessel Traffic Information System had detected only the tanker's presence before the collision. International convention does not require the warship's presence to be detected in waters.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 24, 2017, with the headline 'Search for US sailors draws a blank on Day 3'. Print Edition | Subscribe