One Marine died, two service members were injured and eight others ARE missing after an accident involving an amphibious vehicle off the coast of Southern California on Thursday, authorities said.
Search and rescue efforts were continuing early on Friday, the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force said in a statement on Twitter.
The service members were assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit at Camp Pendleton, in the San Diego area.
Officials did not provide details about what had happened in the accident, except that it involved an Assault Amphibious Vehicle, or A.A.V. The Navy and the Coast Guard were assisting in the search, the force said.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident,” said Col. Christopher Bronzi, a commanding officer, in a statement.
“I ask that you keep our Marines, Sailors, and their families in your prayers as we continue our search.”