Camp Pendleton training exercise accident leaves one Marine dead

CAMP PENDLETON (CNS/KUSI) – A Marine Corps amphibious-assault vessel capsized and sank off the coast of Camp Pendleton today, prompting an urgent military- civilian rescue and recovery effort.

The accident just north of Oceanside Harbor was reported shortly before noon, USMC officials said. A crew of four reportedly was aboard the vessel at the time. The status of the involved Marines was unclear in the early afternoon.

Lifeguards and a dive team were among the civilian crews aiding military personnel in the emergency, according to Oceanside police.

Update:

A press briefing concerning the death of a Marine, during a training accident Friday, will be held near the Camp Pendleton Main Gate at 4 p.m.

The Marine was killed when the amphibious assault vehicle he was riding in became submerged under water in the Del Mar boat basin during a training exercise here Friday.  

The incident occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m.  Six Marines were in the vehicle during the incident.  No injuries were reported among the five survivors.

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