Officials presume missing Marines dead, call off rescue efforts

FILE – A U.S. Marine Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) takes part in a landing operation during a military Exercise Baltops 2018, at the Baltic Sea near Vilnius, Lithuania, Monday, June 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis, File)

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UPDATED 10:45 AM PT — Sunday, August 2, 2020

An extensive 40-hour search for several Marines who went missing off the coast of California came to an end on Saturday. Seven Marines and one sailor were presumed dead.

“It is with a heavy heart that I decided to conclude the rescue effort,” stated Commanding Officer Colonel Christopher Bronzi.

The at-sea search covered more than 1,000 square nautical miles by helicopter, ship and watercraft.

The incident happened during a training session involving an amphibious assault vehicle, which took on water at sea.

Of the eight other service members aboard, one died in the hospital, two remain in critical condition and five survived.

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