Missing Marines and sailor presumed dead

Missing Marines and sailor presumed dead

Missing Marines and sailor presumed dead

In a tweet Sunday, 38th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps David H. Berger expressed his sadness regarding the news.

Only one of their bodies was found, despite an intense days-long search involving helicopters and boats ranging from inflatables to a Navy destroyer.

Officials added Lance Cpl. The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit announced on Sunday that the others, from California, Texas, Wisconsin and OR, are "presumed dead". The statement said the presumed dead include, Pfc.

U.S. Navy Hospitalman Christopher Gnem of Stockton, Calif. Jack Ryan Ostrovsky, 21, of Bend, Oregon; Cpl.

Cpl. Wesley A. Rodd of Harris, Texas.

Chase D. Sweetwood of Portland, 19, and Pfc. Cesar A. Villanueva, 21, of Riverside, California.

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The 16 service members were in the vehicle for a routine training exercise when it began taking on water before sinking.

'The adjacent A.A.V.'s watched it go down, and at 26 tons, the assumption is that it went down to the bottom, ' said Lt. Osterman.

The craft, he said, is believed to have sunk completely as the "adjacent AAVs watched it go down".

The 26-ton, tank-like craft took on water and quickly sank in hundreds of feet of water - too deep for divers - making it hard to reach.

One is in critical condition and the other is stable, according to the Marines.

The 15th MEU, based at Camp Pendleton, near San Diego, has about 2,200 personnel and conducts rapid-response, conventional amphibious and other maritime operations.

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Efforts will now turn to finding and recovering the Marines and sailor that are still missing.

Marines often practise beach assaults in the area. The vehicles, he continued, have three water hatches for the crew and two very large troop hatches in the back.

Amtracs have been used by the US military since 1972. Marine Corps officials said Friday they did not know the age or other details of the one that sank. Eight service members are presumed dead after their amphibious vehicle sank Thursday.

The New York Times reports that two nearby amphibious vehicles witnessed the AAV sink and were able to positively identify the exact location.

One Marine was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and later died.

The island, which sits about 78 miles from Camp Pendleton, is managed by the Navy and houses a number of training facilities.

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