At least one Marine was killed and eight more are missing after after an amphibious assault vehicle had a “mishap” amid a routine training exercise off the California coast.
Two people were also injured, one of who is in critical condition.
Search and rescue efforts dragged into early Friday morning with support from the Navy and Coast Guard, the Marine Expeditionary Force said in a tweet confirming the incident.
“1 Marine has died, 8 service members remain missing and 2 were injured after an AAV mishap July 30 off the coast of Southern California,” it said.
Fifteen Marines were aboard the AAV Thursday when it started taking on water near the island of San Clemente, according to the Marines Cops Times.
All of the service members involved are assigned to the 15th MEU.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident,” said Col. Christopher Bronzi, the commanding officer of the 15th MEU. “I ask that you keep our Marines, Sailors, and their families in your prayers as we continue our search.”
The name of Marine killed in the accident has not yet been released.
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