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1 Marine dead and 8 others missing after amphibious vehicle accident off California coast
By Joe Sutton, Veronica Stracqualursi, Madeline Holcombe and Cheri Mossburg, CNN

Updated 7:32 AM ET, Fri July 31, 2020

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/31/politics/marine-death-amphibious-vehicle/index.html

(CNN)At least one US Marine is dead and eight others are missing after a training accident involving an amphibious vehicle off the coast of Southern California.

Search and rescue efforts were still underway Friday night for the seven missing Marines and one sailor, with support from the Navy and Coast Guard.
At least two others were injured in the accident, which occurred Thursday, and have been transported to Southern California hospitals, according to a news release from the US Marine Corps 1st Expeditionary Force.

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"I've directed an immediate suspension of amphibious assault vehicle water operations until the causal factors of this mishap are better understood," Berger said.

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8 missing service members presumed dead after training 'mishap' off California coast

“It is with a heavy heart, that I decided to conclude the search and rescue effort,” Col. Christopher Bronzi, 15th MEU Commanding Officer, said.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/8-missing-service-members-presumed-dead-after-training-mishap-california-n1235599

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https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/nine-presumed-dead-after-usmc-amphibious-assault-vehicle-accident

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Nine presumed dead after USMC amphibious assault vehicle accident

After multiple days searching for the eight missing service members, the USMC announced on 1 August that it now presumes that they have died.

“I know all of us in the USMC family are extremely saddened following the announcement of the end of SAR [search and rescue] operations,” USMC Commandant General David Berger wrote in a 2 August tweet. “This difficult decision was made after all resources were exhausted. Our prayers continue to be with the family and friends of the eight Marines and one sailor we lost.”

The USMC is now working to find and recover the missing military members’ bodies and is using the offshore supply vessel HOS Dominator to help, as well as a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to survey the sea floor.