One person died and seven US Marines and a Navy sailor were missing on Friday, a day after their amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) sank off the southern California coast during a training mission, Marine Corps officials said.
Seven other Marines were rescued and are alive while one Marine was killed after their vehicle took on water and sank around 5.45pm Pacific time on Thursday (0045 GMT Friday), US military officials said during a news conference.
“They signalled to the rest of the unit that they were in fact taking on water,” Lt. Gen. Joseph Osterman said.
“Immediate response was provided by two additional amphibious assault vehicles as well as a safety boat.”
Two of the rescued Marines were in a critical condition at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, while the other five are back on their assigned ships, Gen. David Berger said.
A search and rescue mission involving a US Navy destroyer and a Coast Guard cutter continued on Friday afternoon for the missing Marines and sailor.