Marine dead, eight troops missing after training accident off Southern California coast

Yolanda Curtis
July 31, 2020

One Marine was killed and two service members were injured after a "mishap" late Thursday off the coast of Southern California, officials said.

They were traveling in the vehicle that resembles a seafaring tank from the shores of San Clemente Island to a Navy ship Thursday evening when they reported the vehicle was taking on water, said Lt. Cameron H. Edinburgh, a Marine Corps spokesman for Camp Pendleton.

One Marine was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla where he died. Two others were injured and taken to hospitals where they were listed in critical and stable condition, respectively.

The name of the Marine who died was not disclosed.

CNN reports that all of the service members involved in the incident are assigned to the 15th MEU based out of Camp Pendleton in California. Navy and Coast Guard helicopters are also involved in search and rescue efforts. "I ask that you keep our Marines, sailors and their families in your prayers as we continue our search", Colonel Christopher Bronzi, commanding officer of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, said on Twitter, without giving further details of what had happened.

A Marines spokesman said there were no additional updates regarding the incident as of 8:18 a.m. The incident remains under investigation.

The incident occurred during what the Marine Corps called a routine training exercise near San Clemente Island.

The guided-missile destroyer USS John Finn and Coast Guard cutter Forrest Rednour are searching for the missing crew along with small boats from the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island and amphibious transport docks USS Somerset and USS San Diego. Its Ground Combat Element has about 1,200 and includes a battalion landing team that consists of light armored reconnaissance vehicles, artillery and assault amphibian vehicles, according to the 15th MEU official website.

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