One US Marine is dead and eight others are missing after an amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) “mishap” off the coast of Southern California on 30 July.
Sixteen troops were in the vehicle at the time – 15 Marines and one sailor – as part of a routine training exercise by the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MUE) and Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group near San Clemente Island.
“At approximately 5.45 pm PST [Pacific Standard Time], Marines in the AAV reported taking on water,” the service announced the following day.
The USMC is searching for eight missing troops following an AAV accident. (Getty Images)
At the time of writing, eight troops had been recovered, including the deceased, and eight others are still missing.