At least one Marine Corps member was killed Thursday and eight other service members went missing early Friday after a “bad” amphibious assault vehicle off the coast of Southern California, the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force I confirmed Friday morning.
Two other members of the service were injured in the incident, officials said in a Twitter message.
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The Navy and Coast Guard are conducting a joint search-and-rescue operation for missing service members, all of whom are assigned to the 15th Naval Expedition Unit, based at Camp Pendleton near San Diego.
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“We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident,”; Colonel Christopher Bronzi, MEU 15th Command Officer, said in a statement. “I ask that you keep our Marines, sailors and their families in your prayers as we continue our search.”
Amphibious attack vehicles are armored and are able to move from water to land.
This is an evolving story. Check back for updates.