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SOUTH CHINA SEA (ALBOENEWS) — The USS John S. McCain, a Naval destroyer that is part of the U.S. 7th Fleet, has collided with a merchant vessel in the South China Sea.

The incident occurred early Monday morning and search and rescue teams are on scene. Damage was reported to the ship.

UPDATE: The U.S. Navy says they are still evaluating the damage and the extent of any injuries (8:55 p.m. ET)

The Navy says 5 sailors are injured and 10 are missing after the incident (10:05 p.m. ET)

The U.S. Navy says that some remains have been found inside of the hull of the ill-fated USS John S. McCain, and Malaysian authorities have found one body that has yet to be identified. (8/22 12:23 p.m. ET)

 

THIS STORY WILL BE UPDATED AS MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE.

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