KUALA LUMPUR — Aug. 23, 2017: The search and rescue (SAR) operation to find the 10 missing crew of a United States destroyer which collided with a merchant vessel near here on Monday has found a body believed to be one of the victims.
The body was found by the Royal Malaysian Navy’s KD Handalan four nautical miles east of Tanjung Penawar in Malaysian waters.
Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency director-general Maritime Admiral Datuk Zulkifili Abu Bakarhe said the operation continued in the evening.
The search is being maintained in two major sectors, which covers 352 square nautical miles for the sea search sector and 488 square nautical miles for the air search.
More than 500 officers and members of various agencies are involved.
Apart from agency and the navy, operation involved personnel from Marine Department of Malaysia and assisted by two US navy aircraft.
The destroyer USS John S. McCain and Liberian-flagged merchant vessel, Alnic MC, reportedly collided 4.5 nautical miles off Ramunia Bay in the early morning, causing five crew members to be injured and 10 missing. — Bernama