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Search ends for seven Marines and one sailor feared dead after training accident off California coast

August 2, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Seven missing Marines and one sailor are feared dead after a training accident with an amphibious assault vehicle off the coast of Southern California.

(CNN)Seven missing Marines and one sailor are feared dead after a training accident with an amphibious assault vehicle off the coast of Southern California.

The effort to find them has concluded after an extensive 40-hour search following the incident Thursday, the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force said.

Sixteen people were aboard the vehicle Thursday when they reported taking water in the vicinity of the San Clemente Island, officials said.

In addition to the eight missing service members, at least one Marine was reported dead and two others injured that day, the Marines said at the time.

Five others made it back aboard their ship, said Gen. David Berger, commandant of the US Marine Corps.

"I've directed an immediate suspension of amphibious assault vehicle water operations until the causal factors of this mishap are better understood," Berger said.

The incident occurred during a 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group routine training exercise.

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