Body of Poughkeepsie Sailor Found After Collision at Sea

Corey Ingram, a petty officer with the U.S. Navy, went missing after a Liberian ship collided with a naval destroyer.


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The body of Poughkeepsie native Corey Ingram, 28, has been recovered following a multinational search at sea. Ingram served as an Information Systems Technician, 2nd Class, on the USS John S. McCain, according to the U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs department. He and nine other sailors were declared missing after the Liberian-flagged merchant vessel Alnic MC collided with the McCain last week off the coast of Singapore. The remains of all other sailors have also since been recovered.

A Navy representative contacted Ingram’s mother, Jaqueline Ingram, on Saturday evening, informing her that her son’s body had been found. The Navy has yet to release his body, and funeral plans have not been made.

 “This is heartbreaking,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney in a statement. “Petty Officer Ingram is an American hero and this tragedy is a reminder of the risks that our servicemembers take every day to keep our country safe. I hope everyone in the Poughkeepsie area will join me in saying a prayer for him and the Ingram family.”

The U.S. Navy was joined in a multinational search of an approximately 2,100-square-mile area east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore for more than 80 hours before suspending those efforts. Divers continued recovery efforts for the missing sailors inside the ship's flooded compartments.

Multinational search efforts included ships and aircraft from the Republic of Singapore Navy, Singapore Air Force, Singapore Maritime Port Authority, Singapore Police Coast Guard, Royal Malaysian Navy, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Indonesian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force. 

In addition to Ingram, those found include:

Electronics Technician 1st Class Charles Nathan Findley, 31, from Missouri
Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Abraham Lopez, 39, from Texas
Electronics Technician 2nd Class Kevin Sayer Bushell, 26, from Maryland
Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jacob Daniel Drake, 21, from Ohio
Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Timothy Thomas Eckels Jr., 23, from Maryland
Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith, 22, from New Jersey
Electronics Technician 3rd Class Dustin Louis Doyon, 26, from Connecticut
Electronics Technician 3rd Class John Henry Hoagland III, 20, from Texas
Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Logan Stephen Palmer, 23, from Illinois  

The incident is still under investigation to determine the facts and circumstances of the collision. 

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