KC Sailor Missing after USS McCain Collision
The Navy identified nine missing sailors following the USS John S. McCain collision with a tanker. Kansas City native Charles Nathan Findley is still missing.
A sailor from Missouri is still missing following the USS John S. McCain collision near Singapore. The U.S identified eight other missing people and one who was killed. The missing Kansas City native is Electronics Technician 1st Class Charles Nathan Findley. The 31-year-old was from Kansas City, Missouri.
The collision between the USS John S. McCain and a merchant vessel, the Alnic MC, occurred on Monday, August 21, east of the Malacca Strait. The merchant vessel was a 600-foot-long, 30,000-ton oil and chemical tanker, which caused significant damage to the McCain, tearing a massive hole in the side and causing large amounts of water to flood into the lower compartments. The lone confirmed fatality is Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith. Divers were able to recover his remains after he died during the initial breach.
The other missing persons are Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Abraham Lopez, Electronics Technician 2nd Class Kevin Sayer Bushell, Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jacob Daniel Drake, Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Timothy Thomas Eckels, Jr., Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Corey George Ingram, Electronics Technician 3rd Class Dustin Louis Doyon, Electronics Technician 3rd Class John Henry Hoagland III, and Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Logan Stephen Palmer.
The Navy called off the search on Thursday after a multinational, 80-hour search effort. Divers covered 2,100 square miles without finding anything. Diving crews will still search the sunken vessel in search of remains. As a result of the collision, the U.S. Navy called a one-day operational pause.