PETALING JAYA: The remains believed to be that of an American Navy sailor recovered by the Royal Malaysia Navy(RMN) have been handed over to their US counterpart.
The RMN, in a statement, said US officials on a Seahawk helicopter landed on board the KD Lekiu at around 8.30am on Tuesday to take back the remains which was found by KD Handalan.
“The body was brought back to the USS John S Mccain. The aircraft departed KD Lekiu at around 9.48am,” the statement read.
It was reported yesterday that a body was found about 15km from the spot where USS John S. McCain collided with the Liberian registered MV Alnic MC.
The United States also said it was thankful for the efforts by the Malaysian authorities.
The White House, in a statement, said it was grateful for the rescue and recovery efforts of the officers and crew of the USS John S. McCain, the Malaysian Coast Guard, Royal Malaysian Navy and Republic of Singapore Navy.
They added that the Department of Defence will conduct a thorough and complete investigation of the incident.
On Tuesday, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) said the search area for the sailors, who are missing following the collision, has been widened.
It was initially within 185km of the spot where the US Navy guided-missile destroyer and oil tanker collided, off Johor.
The search area for aircraft now covers 900km while search zones have been increased from four to nine, he said.