Missouri sailor remains missing after suspended search

11 months 3 weeks 5 days ago Thursday, August 24 2017 Aug 24, 2017 Thursday, August 24, 2017 10:28:00 AM CDT August 24, 2017 in News
By: Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Missouri man is among the sailors still missing after the U.S. Navy called off a search for survivors of a collision between a destroyer and an oil tanker in the ocean near Singapore.

Thirty-one-year-old Charles Nathan Findley and nine other sailors went missing after the accident, which occurred Monday as the USS John S. McCain was heading to Singapore for a routine port call. The search was called off Thursday. The 7th Fleet says divers will continue to search flooded compartments, where some remains have been found. The Navy has not provided specifics.

Findley's sister, Toni Greim, told WDAF-TV that her brother, an electronics technician, first class, was "really into computers." Findley has an 8-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old son who live in Virginia with their mother.

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The U.S. Navy has identified one sailor who died and nine others who remain missing after the USS John McCain collided with an oil tanker near Singapore.

Divers recovered the remains of Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith, who the Navy listed as being from New Jersey. His mother said the 22-year-old grew up in Novi, Michigan, and moved to Norfolk, Virginia, as a teenager with his father.

The military says five sailors were injured and 10 were missing following Monday's collision. The Navy says missing soldiers were from Missouri, Texas, Maryland, Ohio, New York, Connecticut and Illinois. The collision tore a hole in the ship's left rear hull and flooded adjacent compartments, including crew berths and machinery and communication rooms.

The U.S. Navy said Thursday that it's suspended rescue efforts.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the most recent information.

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