23:37 GMT07 August 2020
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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The accident took place during a routine training exercise alongside the 5th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, the statement said.

    At least one US Marine has died and another eight are missing following an accident involving an amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) off the coast of California, the I Marine Expeditionary Force said in a statement via Twitter on Friday.

    ​All of the soldiers are assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) based at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, the statement said.

    ​Commanding officer of the force Col. Christopher Bronzi offered sympathies to the victims’ families and stressed that the search is ongoing.

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