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by August 24, 2017 Technology

SINGAPORE, Aug 24 (NNN-Bernama) — Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has written to United States (US) President Donald J. Trump to convey his condolences on the demise of US sailors following a collision involving the USS John S McCain, the guided-missile destroyer.

“I was deeply saddened by the loss of lives following the collision between the United States Navy destroyer, the USS John S McCain, and a merchant vessel east of Singapore on Aug 21, 2017,” he said in his condolence letter which was made available to Bernama here yesterday.

“On behalf of the Government of Singapore, I offer my condolences to the victims and their loved ones. We will continue to do our utmost in the search and rescue operations and assist the injured sailors in their recovery,” he said.

The collision with Alnic MC, a Liberian-flagged 600-foot oil and chemical tanker with a gross tonnage of 30,000, had caused five of the warship crew members injured and 10 were missing.

On Tuesday, US Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift said some remains had been found and one was located by the Royal Malaysian Navy.

US Navy and Marine Corps divers located those remains when they accessed sealed compartments in the damaged parts of the ship during their search operations.

The bodies are believed to be among the 10 US sailors.

The search area covered by the multi-agency search and rescue (SAR) efforts led by Singapore was further expanded to 5,524 sq km yesterday, from 2,620 sq km Tuesday.

Singapore and the US are covering the Central sector of the search area while Malaysia, Australia and Indonesia are covering the North-west, North-east and Southern sectors, respectively.