A US Navy has died and eight others are missing after an amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) crash off the coast of southern California.
Two staff members were also injured in Thursday’s crash, the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force tweeted.
A search is underway for the missing service members, with assistance from the Navy and Coast Guard.
All personnel are assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, based at Camp Pendleton, near San Diego.
Col. Christopher Bronzi, commander of the 15th MEU, said in the tweet: “We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident. I ask you to keep our Marines, sailors and their families in your prayers as we continue our research. ”
The 15th MEU has approximately 2,200 personnel and conducts rapid reaction, conventional amphibious and other maritime operations.
The typical US Marine Corps AAV is the AAV-P7 / A1, functioning as a troop transporter, transporting personnel from water to land. It is often referred to as “Amtrac”.