Corey George Ingram, a 28-year-old Poughkeepsie resident, is one of nine sailors missing following a collision between the USS John McCain and a merchant vessel in Singapore on Monday, Aug. 21.
The Navy said Thursday it had suspended search and rescue efforts for the missing sailors. One sailor has been confirmed to be killed.
Ingram was an Information Systems Technician 2nd Class. His mother, Jacqueline, works for Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health
Chris Eaton, a sailor, told The Straits Times that Ingram was very outgoing and always looking to lend a hand.
"He could befriend anyone in any room- he just had one of those personalities," Eaton told The Straits Times .
He described Ingram as a close friend.
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney who represents Poughkeepsie and much of Dutchess as well as parts of Westchester, Putnam, and Orange counties, called the news "heartbreaking."
“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," Maloney said.
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said his thoughts and prayers were with Ingram's parents, friends, and loved ones.
"We appreciate the brave men and women who are searching for Corey and his fellow sailors, and we pray they soon bring these American heroes home," Molinaro said.
The incident is under investigation to determine the facts and circumstances of the collision, the Navy said.
"My heart goes out to the families and colleagues of the 10 sailors missing or killed in the collision involving the USS John S. McCain," Gov. Andrew Cumo said. "Among the missing is a member of the family of New York, Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Corey George Ingram of Poughkeepsie.
"These sailors dedicated their lives to serving our nation and protecting the values and freedoms that this county and this state were founded upon. I urge all New Yorkers to keep them in their thoughts and prayers during this trying and difficult time."
Michigan native Kenneth Aaron Smith, who last lived in New Jersey, is the sailor who is confirmed dead and whose identity was released.
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