Marine vehicle rests hundreds of feet below sea level, complicating rescue

Marine vehicle rests hundreds of feet below sea level, complicating rescue


A 26-ton military amphibious vehicle is currently resting hundreds of feet below the sea off the coast of Southern California, complicating efforts to search for survivors and retrieve the vehicle, which sank unexpectedly on Thursday.

The tremendous depth makes it impossible for divers to investigate what caused the vessel, colloquially known as a “sea tank” to sink.

So far the accident has left at least one dead and eight missing. Marine Corps commandant Gen. David Berger has put a halt to all waterborne operations out of “an abundance of caution” until a cause for the accident could be established.

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A total of 16 troops were on board the vehicle when it went down about half a mile from San Clemente Island, which is owned by the US Navy.

It remains unclear what caused the amphibious assault vehicle to sink. The sea tank had been returning to a US Navy ship along with a dozen others.

“It’s a very tragic

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