One U.S. Marine has died and eight service members are missing after an accident during a training exercise off San Clemente Island, officials said Friday.
The incident occurred at about 5:45 p.m. Thursday when an amphibious assault vehicle carrying 15 Marines and one Navy sailor began to take on water during a training exercise, according to the United States Marine Corps.
One Marine was taken to a hospital in La Jolla and later died. Two were injured, one critically. Five other service members were rescued.
All the Marines involved were assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which is based out of Camp Pendleton.
Search-and-rescue efforts were continuing Friday morning with support from the Navy and U.S. Coast Guard, according to the Marines.
“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,” Col. Christopher Bronzi, 15th MEU Commanding Officer, said in a statement.
City News Service contributed to this report.