US military ends search for 7 missing Marines and sailor, says presumed dead

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 02, 2020, 07.43 PM(IST)

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An amphibious vehicle carrying military personnel sank in deep water off the coast of California on Thursday during a training exercise. 

The United States military has called off its search for seven Marines and has presumed missing personnel dead on Sunday. 

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An amphibious vehicle carrying military personnel sank in deep water off the coast of California on Thursday during a training exercise. 

"It is with a heavy heart that I decided to conclude the search and rescue effort," said Colonel Christopher Bronzi, commander of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Marine, Navy and Coast Guard helicopters, ships, and watercraft conducted a 40-hour search over 1,000 nautical miles, the Marines said in a statement.

A total of 16 personnel were on the vehicle, but only eight of them have been rescued. One of them died later, whereas, two others are in critical condition.

The search and rescue operation now shifts to one aimed at finding the bodies of the missing service members, Bronzi said.

(Inputs from AFP)