Search Ends for 7 Marines and 1 Sailor Who Went Missing After AAV Accident Near California

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    RIP young men


    The seven Marines and one sailor who've been missing since their amphibious assault vehicle sank in the Pacific Ocean on Thursday are believed to be dead, ending an extensive 40-hour search-and-rescue mission.

    Officials with the 15th Marine Corps Expeditionary Unit announced early Sunday that leadership determined little likelihood the service members survived the accident. Sixteen troops with that unit were in the AAV during amphibious training near San Clemente Island when their vehicle began filling with water off San Diego's coast.

    Eight of the 16 escaped, and one of those Marines later died. Two others remain hospitalized in critical condition.

    "It is with a heavy heart, that I decided to conclude the search and rescue effort," Col. Christopher Bronzi, the 15th MEU's commanding officer, said in a statement. "The steadfast dedication of the Marines, Sailors, and Coast Guardsmen to the persistent rescue effort was tremendous."
     
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    Just horrific. Taken in their prime. Bless their families and friends.
     
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    God bless them practice is sometimes more deadly than the real thing
     
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    Died preparing to lead the way as America's shock troops keep the first to fight motto a literal term

    Rest easy Devil Dogs

    Semper Fi.
     
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    Thank you brave men.
     
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    God bless these marines and sailors and prayers to their families. These are the real Americans who sacrifice for the good of the country unlike most of the people occupying space in our country.
     
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