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One Marine was killed and eight service members are missing when the amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) they were on sank in the waters off the California coast during a training exercise late Thursday afternoon, according to the Marine Corps.
The incident occurred around 5:45 p.m. PT in the vicinity of West Cove on San Clemente Island, a defense official said. Located 80 miles off the coast of Southern California, the island is managed by the U.S. Navy and frequently used by the Navy and Marine Corps for training.
The article goes on to state the following:
Two others were injured in the incident.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident. I ask that you keep our Marines, Sailors, and their families in your prayers as we continue our search,” Col. Christopher Bronzi, the unit’s commanding officer, said in a statement from the Marine Corps. Twitter account.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident. I ask that you keep our Marines, Sailors, and their families in your prayers as we continue our search,” said Col. Christopher Bronzi, 15th MEU Commanding Officer.
— I MEF (@1stMEF) July 31, 2020