A training accident near San Clemente Island killed one Camp Pendleton Marine and a search is underway for eight more marines that are missing.
During a routing training exercise an Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) began to take on water shortly before 6 pm on Thursday.
One marine was killed and two others were seriously injured. Eight more marines are missing.
The US Coast Guard, Navy ships, Navy helicopters and multiple small boats are conducting a search and rescue to find 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.”
– Colonel Christopher Bronzi