Somber Recovery Proves Successful

Somber Recovery Proves Successful

Early last week an amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) sank off the coast of California. An incident that involved 16 service members, seven were rescued; the other eight after searching were not found, until now. The Marines released a statement on Friday.

The sunken AAV was recovered in 385 feet of water; the missing seven Marines and one sailor along with it. The eight servicemen are all on their way to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to be prepared for burial. Among the 16 involved in the accident, nine of them died. One body was recovered at the time the others were rescued, these eight went down with the vessel.

The AAV was found by the Navy’s Undersea Rescue Command using a remote-controlled submarine, Sibitzky, about 1,500 meters off the coast of San Clemente Island. The investigation to determine why the AAV sank is ongoing, as is the suspension of all waterborne operations of the vehicle platform. The AAV platform originated in 1972 and has been updated throughout the years.

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