The U.S. military located the sunken amphibious assault vehicle off the coast of San Diego County (CA), said a KPBS report.

The incident killed nine young servicemen.

They also confirmed the presence of human remains inside the vessel.

The report said, the naval Undersea Rescue Command made the discovery near San Clemente Island on Monday.

In a statement, the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force said:

“The Navy has expedited the movement of assets to recover the remains … as well as raise the AAV.

The equipment to properly and safely perform the recovery from the seafloor will be in place at the end of this week.

And a dignified transfer of our Marines and sailor will occur as soon as possible after the conclusion of recovery operations.”

The reason for the accident is still under investigation.

Identifying The Deceased

Authorities identified the servicemen who perished from the military exercise.

They were:  

Pfc. Bryan J. Baltierra, 18

Lance Cpl. Marco A. Barranco, 21

Pfc. Evan A. Bath, 19

Christopher Gnem, 22

Pfc. Jack Ryan Ostrovsky, 21

Cpl. Wesley A. Rodd, 23

Lance Cpl. Chase D. Sweetwood, 19

Cpl. Cesar A. Villanueva, 21

Meanwhile, seven members of the Camp Pendleton-based crew survived the accident, said the report.

Half-Staff For The Fallen Soldiers

California Governor, Gavin Newsom, ordered that flags at the state Capitol be flown at half-staff in the honor of the fallen soldiers involved in the maritime accident.

Newsom in a prepared statement said:

“Jennifer and I were heartbroken to learn of the loss of nine service members in an accident off San Clemente Island.

It is a painful reminder of the sacrifice of members of our armed forces, who put their lives on the line for us.

We stand united in mourning with their families and fellow Marines and sailors.”

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump tweeted that he was “deeply saddened by the tragic loss.”

“Our prayers are with their families. I thank them for the brave service their loved ones gave to our nation.”


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