The remains of seven Marines and a Sailor were successfully recovered Aug. 7, 2020, after underwater salvage operations following the July 30 mishap involving an amphibious assault vehicle off the coast of San Clemente Island.
Officials with the @15th MEU and the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) positively identified on Aug. 3 the location of the amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) that sunk off the coast of San Clemente Island on July 30.
We want to address that photos of seven Marines are circulating on social media that are inaccurate. We want to clarify that the photographs that have been shared are of the seven Marine Special Forces Marines (MARSOC) Marines who were killed in 2015.
“It is with a heavy heart, that I decided to conclude the search and rescue effort,” said Col. Christopher Bronzi, 15th MEU Commanding Officer. “The steadfast dedication of the Marines, Sailors, and Coast Guardsmen to the persistent rescue effort was tremendous.”
Search and rescue operations for the 7 Marines and 1 Sailor have concluded. All eight missing service members are presumed deceased. Efforts will now turn to search and recovery. All next-of-kin have been notified. Keep our 15thMEU families in your thoughts and prayers. @I MEF
After an extensive 40-hour search, the 15th
Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), I Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF), and the Makin Island
Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) concluded their search and rescue operation for seven missing Marines
and one Sailor, today.
UPDATE: Representatives have notified all families of the Marines and Sailor involved in Thursday’s tragedy. We have covered more than 200 square nautical miles in the extensive search for our 8 missing service members. All efforts are committed to the #15thmeurecovery. @I MEF
The 15th MEU is conducting around the clock search & rescue operations for our 8 Marines with support from all available agencies to include @Avy New and @U.S. Coast Guard. Updates will be posted here when available. #15thmeurecovery