SAN DIEGO — An amphibious assault car carrying 15 Marines and a Navy sailor sank close to a military-owned island off the coast of Southern California, leaving one of many Marines useless and eight lacking, authorities stated Friday.
They had been touring within the car that resembles a seafaring tank from the shores of San Clemente Island to a Navy ship Thursday night after they reported the car was taking up water, stated Lt. Cameron H. Edinburgh, a Marine Corps spokesman for Camp Pendleton.
Two Marines who had been rescued had been injured, with one hospitalized in crucial situation and the opposite in secure situation, a Marine Corps assertion stated.
Navy ships, small boats and helicopters on Friday had been looking uneven seas for the lacking amid reasonable to robust winds. The Navy-owned island is about 70 miles (112 kilometers) offshore from San Diego.
The entire Marines on the car had been assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and had been concerned in a routine navy train when the car began taking up water, the Marine Corps stated.
“We’re deeply saddened by this tragic incident. I ask that you just preserve our Marines, Sailors, and their households in your prayers as we proceed our search,” Col. Christopher Bronzi, the unit’s commanding officer, stated in an announcement from the Marine Corps.
Thursday’s accident marks the third time in lower than a decade that Camp Pendleton Marines have been injured or died in amphibious assault automobiles throughout coaching workout routines.
In 2017, 14 Marines and one Navy sailor had been hospitalized after their amphibious assault car hit a pure gasoline line, igniting a hearth that engulfed the touchdown craft throughout a coaching train at Camp Pendleton, the sprawling coastal Marine Corps base north of San Diego.
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And in 2011, a Marine died when an amphibious assault car in a coaching train sank off the shores of Camp Pendleton.
The Marines use the amphibious assaults automobiles to move troops and their gear from Navy ships to land. They’re nicknamed “amtracs” as a result of the unique title for the car was “amphibious tractor.”
The armored automobiles outfitted with machine weapons and grenade launchers appear like tanks as they roll ashore for seashore assaults, with Marines pouring out of them to take up positions.
The Marine Expeditionary Power is the Marine Corps’ major warfighting group. There are three such teams that are made up of floor, air and logistics forces.