New particulars launched on lethal amphibious assault automobile accident

Extra particulars are being launched relating to a lethal amphibious assault automobile accident in Southern California on July 30.

1 Marine has died, eight service members stay lacking and a pair of have been injured after an AAV mishap July 30 off the coast of Southern California. All are assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Search and rescue efforts are nonetheless underway with assist from the Navy and Coast Guard.

The incident occurred round 5:45 p.m. native time close to the northwest a part of San Clemente Island, the Navy-owned piece of land 80 miles off the coast of Southern California. The island is utilized by the Navy and Marine Corps for coaching.

Seven of the personnel have been capable of get out of the sinking land- and sea-going automobile and have been pulled from the water. Medics took three of them to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, the place one was pronounced lifeless and the others have been admitted in vital however secure situation.

“We proceed search and rescue efforts off the coast of California for these concerned within the tragic AAV mishap,”  Gen. David H. Berger, Commandant of the Marine Corps, stated.

Officers stated it was unclear how the accident occurred. The Navy and the Coast Guard have been helping within the seek for the lacking service members, the pressure stated, and AAV water operations have been suspended whereas the Marine Corps performs an investigation into the accident.

“Representatives have notified all households of the Marines and Sailor concerned in Thursday’s tragedy,” the Marines stated early Friday “We’ve lined greater than 200 sq. nautical miles within the intensive seek for our eight lacking service members.”

The 26-ton amphibious automobile went down greater than 1,000 yards from a seaside on the northwest aspect of the island in water a number of hundred ft deep, Lt. Gen. Joseph Osterman, commanding basic of I Marine Expeditionary Drive stated.

“It’s actually beneath the depth {that a} diver can go to,” Osterman advised reporters.

A Tweet from the First MEF reads “We’re deeply saddened by this tragic incident. I ask that you simply hold our Marines, Sailors, and their households in your prayers as we proceed our search,” stated Col. Christopher Bronzi, 15th MEU Commanding Officer.