Search continues for missing Marines, sailor after ocean training accident

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A search and rescue swimmer assigned to the looks out of an MH-60 Seahawk while conducting search and rescue relief operations, Friday, Aug. 31. The search was called off Sunday, Aug. 2. Village News/US Marine Corps
SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND (CNS) - Seven Marines and one Navy sailor are presumed dead today after the military called off its search for the troops, who went missing after an amphibious vehicle sank during a training mission Thursday. One additional Marine was rescued, but later died, and two others remain in critical condition, in the aftermath of the incident that occurred 80 miles off the coast of Encinitas. "It is with a heavy heart that I decided to conclude the search and rescue effort,'' said Col. Christopher Bronzi, the commanding officer of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). "As we turn to recovery operations we will continue our exhaustive search for our missing Marines and sailor.'' Courtesy US Marine Corps[
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