At least one member of the Marine Corps was killed on Thursday, and eight other members of the service remained missing nearly Friday after an amphibious assault vehicle “accident” off the coast of Southern California was confirmed by Naval Forces I on Friday morning.
Two other members of the service were injured in the incident, officials said in a Twitter report.
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The Naval and Coast Guard are conducting a joint search and rescue operation for missing members of the service, all assigned to the 15th Naval Expeditionary Force, based in Camp Pendleton, San Diego.
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“This tragic incident deeply saddened us,”; Lt. Col. said in a statement. Christopher Bronzi, Commander of the 15th MEU Headquarters. “I ask you to keep our sailors, their sailors and their families in your prayers as we continue to search.”
Amphibious assault vehicles are armored and capable of moving from water to land.
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