Camp Pendleton, California – A military training exercise taking place near San Clemente Island on July 30th has resulted in at least one Marine dead, two injured and eight other service members being listed as missing. The exercise in question was said to have involved an amphibious assault vehicle that began taking in water.
A military seafaring assault vehicle that sank off the coast of Southern California is under hundreds of feet of water, putting it beyond the reach of divers and complicating rescue efforts for eight missing troops, officials said Friday.https://t.co/KdfHIVu5bI
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Search and rescue crews are working diligently to locate the missing service members, and the amphibious assault vehicle that sunk off the coast of Southern California is said to be below hundreds of feet of water at this point.
Military officials noted that because of how deep the vehicle has sunk, making it beyond the reach of divers, this has served as a complication in the search efforts for the missing personnel.
Marine Corps commandant, General David Berger, stated that until the root cause of the vehicle’s sinking is determined, all water-based operations involving a fleet of over 800 amphibious assault vehicles are suspended.
A seafaring tank with 15 Marines and a Navy sailor aboard sank near a military-owned island off the coast of Southern California, leaving one of the Marines dead and eight missing, authorities said Friday. https://t.co/spNvBkPVH6
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There was a total of 16 service members aboard the vessel at the time at the time when the vehicle began taking in water on the evening of July 30th. The members aboard consisted of 15 Marines and one Navy corpsman. When the vehicle began sinking, the crew was roughly half-a-mile away from the shore.
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While nearby vessels were able to respond, there wasn’t anything that they could do to stop the 26-ton vehicle from sinking. Of those on board the vehicle, 8 were rescued – with one Marine later dying in the hospital. The two cited as injured are currently stable.
As of this time, the service members have not been identified by name, but were said to be attached to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The commanding officer with the unit, Colonel Christopher Bronzi, stated the following about the tragedy:
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident. I ask that you keep our Marines, Sailors, and their families in your prayers as we continue our search.”
The accident happened Thursday and search and rescue efforts were underway Friday morning with support from the Navy and Coast Guard, the Marines said in a tweet. https://t.co/FBDKrI80Wu
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Regarding the amphibious assault vehicle utilized in the training exercise, officials stated that it was designed to hold up to 24 people along with up to 280 pounds of equipment.
Lieutenant General Joseph Osterman, who serves as the commanding general of the Marine Expeditionary Force, stated that the present water-tight hatches featured on the vehicle was designed to maintain buoyancy.
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Elsewhere in California, police in Los Angeles are looking for public assistance to find the suspect or suspects, who vandalized a memorial display outside the Los Angeles Police Department headquarters downtown.
The damage occurred in the early evening hours on Saturday, July 25th, according to media relations officer Norma Eisenman.
Fox LA reported that a group of rioters (we refuse to call them “protesters”) entered the police department property, and defaced the wall and an adjacent display case with red paint. Surveillance video captured images of the vandals, adorned in their official Antifa black thug-wear, with the standard yuppie soy-boy backpack.
Police have said that the two suspects are a man, and a woman. The man is said to be 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing about 180 pounds. The female was described as being about 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighing about 110 pounds.