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Second body found after 10 sailors go missing after US?Navy collision

The second body of US Navy sailor found after the collision Photograph: (Reuters)

Reuters Singapore Aug 25, 2017, 09.49 AM (IST)

U.S Navy and Marine Corps divers have recovered and identified the second body in the search for ten sailors missing after a collision between a guided-missile destroyer and merchant vessel near Singapore earlier this week, the US Navy said on Friday.

The USS John S. McCain collided with the merchant tanker in waters near Singapore and Malaysia on Monday, which led to an international search-and-rescue operation for the missing sailors. The Navy recovered the first body from inside the hull of the warship earlier this week.

"More divers and equipment arrived overnight to continue search and recovery operations for eight missing sailors inside flooded compartments of the ship," the US Seventh Fleet said in a statement on its website.

On Thursday, the US Navy suspended the wider search and rescue operation to focus recovery efforts on the damaged hull of the ship, which is moored at Singapore's Changi Naval Base.

The Navy has already released the names of all the sailors who were missing.

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