One Marine is dead, 2 are hurt and another eight are missing after an amphibious attack vehicle accident off the coastline of San Clemente Island Thursday.
Fifteen Marines and also a sailor were inside an amphibious assault vehicle as part of a routine training exercise when a “incident” took place at around 5:45 p.m., according a news release from the Marine Corps.
One Marine was taken to Scripps Memorial Health Center La Jolla, where the sufferer passed away. 2 others were also hurried to regional medical facilities. One is in critical condition as the other is stable.
Eight of those aboard the AAV remain missing since Friday morning, the Marine Corps said. 8 have been recovered.
A Number Of Coast Guard and also Navy helicopters, along with several small Navy boats are participating in the search for the missing Marines.
“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 Marine Expedition Unit Commanding Officer.
No names were released. The Marines were based out of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.
San Clemente Island, the southernmost of the Channel Islands, lies 78 miles off the coast of San Diego.