Marines badly burned in ac­ci­dent

North Bay Nugget - - WORLD NEWS - Julie Wat­son

SaN diego — eight marines were rushed to a San diego burn cen­tre and seven oth­ers were also hos­pi­tal­ized af­ter their am­phibi­ous ve­hi­cle caught fire dur­ing a train­ing ex­er­cise at a mil­i­tary base.

three of the marines were listed in crit­i­cal con­di­tion Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon at the burn Cen­ter at the univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia San diego health and five were in se­ri­ous con­di­tion, the marine Corps said in a state­ment. Four other marines were rushed to the univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia irvine med­i­cal Cen­ter in nearby orange County, in­clud­ing two in crit­i­cal con­di­tion there.

an­other marine at a hos­pi­tal in the San diego sub­urb of La Jolla was in sta­ble con­di­tion and two oth­ers were treated for mi­nor in­juries at a Navy hos­pi­tal at Camp pendle­ton.

“our thoughts and prayers are with the marines and their fam­i­lies af­fected by this in­ci­dent,” a marine Corps state­ment said.

the marines from the 1st bat­tal­ion, 1st marine reg­i­ment and 3rd as­sault am­phib­ian bat­tal­ion were con­duct­ing a com­bat readi­ness eval­u­a­tion as part of their bat­tal­ion train­ing at about 9:30 a.m. on a beach at Camp pendle­ton marine Corps base, north of San diego, when the am­phibi­ous ve­hi­cle ig­nited, said marine 1st Lt. paul gainey.

the am­phibi­ous ve­hi­cle got stuck and then caught fire as the marines were try­ing to free it, said a de­fence of­fi­cial who spoke anony­mously be­cause the of­fi­cial was not au­tho­rized to dis­cuss the in­ci­dent pub­licly,

the com­mand is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of the in­ci­dent. gainey said he had no fur­ther in­for­ma­tion to re­lease.

the ar­moured ve­hi­cle is used to carry marines and their equip­ment from Navy ships onto land. it re­sem­bles a tank and trav­els through wa­ter. it has been used in the marine Corps since the 1970s. in 2013, a 21-year-old Camp pendle­ton marine died and four oth­ers were in­jured when ord­nance ig­nited an am­phibi­ous as­sault ve­hi­cle dur­ing a train­ing ex­er­cise at marine air ground Com­bat Cen­ter twen­ty­nine palms, in the Cal­i­for­nia desert.

the marine Corps has since de­vel­oped a safer mine clear­ing sys­tem for its am­phibi­ous as­sault ve­hi­cles.

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Above: Marines with the 2nd Am­phibi­ous As­sault Bat­tal­ion aboard AAV-7 am­phibi­ous as­sault ve­hi­cles. Eight marines were badly burned and seven oth­ers hos­pi­tal­ized af­ter their am­phibi­ous ve­hi­cle caught on fire on Wed­nes­day.

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