US Marines and sailor still missing
EIGHT military personnel remained missing at sea yesterday, nearly a full day after a US Marine amphibious assault vehicle sank in deep water off the California coast during training exercises.
Officials at Camp Pendleton in southern California said that one of eight Marines rescued in the mishap off the shore of San Clemente Island was declared dead after being taken to hospital and two more remained in intensive care.
The fate of seven other Marines and one sailor was unknown nearly 24 hours after the accident as rescue operations involving multiple aircraft and boats continued, said Lieutenant-General Joseph Osterman.
The accident took place during routine training by the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit in the area of San Clemente Island, about 105km west of San Diego.