Jakarta. The Indonesian Navy participates in a search for victims after a United States warship collided with an oil tanker east of Singapore on Monday morning (21/08).
The collision of the USS John S. McCain and the Liberian-flagged tanker Alnic MC has left 10 sailors missing.
"The [Indonesian] Navy is searching for victims with maritime patrol aircraft," Fourth Naval Base spokesman Maj. Josdy Damopoli said in Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands, on Tuesday, as quoted by state news agency Antara.
He said two warships were deployed in addition to the airplanes, as the search areas have been extended, since water current might have carried the victims to Bintan, Riau Islands.
"The search is not only at sea, but also in mangrove forests on the shoreline," he added.
According to Fourth Naval Base commander Ribut Eko Suyatno, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and the Royal Malaysian Navy have deployed one ship and two fast boats in the rescue mission, while Singapore sent its navy's patrol ships RSS Gallant and RSS Resilence, and Police Coast Guard vessel Basking Shark.
"One Sea Hawk helicopter from the USS John S. McCain is also used in the search," he said.