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Contributing Writer | Telegraph Local
What’s been described as a ‘mishap’ involving 15 marines and a sailor off the Southern coast of California has left at least one dead and eight others missing.
Multiple military ships and aircraft have joined in the search for the missing personnel, according to ABC News.
CNN says that the incident began around 5:45 p.m. local time on Thursday when Marines in an amphibious assault vehicle, or AAV, reported they were taking on water.
The troops were conducting routine exercises along the vicinity of San Clemente Island when the mishap occurred.
News updates are being shared via Twitter.
All of the soldiers involved were assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Camp Pendleton, California. All were inside of an Amphibious Assault Vehicle.
What’s an Amphibious Assault Vehicle?
According to Business Insider, US Marine Corps AAVs are large, tracked vehicles capable of operating in the water and on land that are essential for getting Marines onto the beach in an assault, and Insider recently had the opportunity to climb inside.
The AAV replaced the older Landing Vehicle, Tracked (LVT) and is expected to eventually be replaced by the Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV), but for now, the AAV is the go-to vehicle for amphibious assaults.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident,” said Col. Christopher Bronzi, the commanding officer of the 15th MEU. “I ask that you keep our Marines, Sailors, and their families in your prayers as we continue our search.”