3 Marines from Southern California among 8 service members presumed dead off San Clemente Island

3 Southern The Golden State Marines are amongst the eight service members assumed dead off San Clemente Island adhering to a training crash last week.

The Militaries and sailor have been missing given that Thursday, July 30, when their seafaring vehicle — — referred to as an AAV — — took on water and sank during a routine training workout near the island. The Navy-owned island is about 50 miles west of Orange Region as well as 20 miles southern of Catalina Island. It is the only ship-to-shore live-fire training variety in the nation.

The AAV and also 12 others had actually just left the island’s beaches and were heading out to the USS Somerset, an aquatic transport dock. They had actually invested the day training on the island.

8 various other Militaries managed to leap from the sinking AAV. One Marine later died at the scene as well as two others were flown using helicopter to Scripps Memorial Healthcare facility in vital problem.

Early Sunday, officials revealed that after a 40-hour search and also rescue initiative entailing multiple Navy ships, Navy and Marine Corps helicopters as well as U.S. Coastline Guard vessels, the goal had looked to healing.

On Sunday evening, authorities with command aspects from the training workout recognized one Marine that was killed and seven Marines as well as one sailor that are now assumed dead.

Lance Cpl. Guillermo S. Perez, 20, of New Braunfels, Texas, was obvious dead at the scene on Thursday, July 30, prior to being flown to Scripps Memorial Medical Facility in San Diego.

Presumed dead are:

Pfc. Bryan J. Baltierra, 19, of Corona; Lance Cpl. Marco A. Barranco, 21, of Montebello; Pfc. Evan A. Bathroom, 19, of Oak Creek, Wis.; UNITED STATE Navy Hospitalman Christopher Gnem, 22, of Stockton; Pfc. Jack Ryan Ostrovsky, 21, of Bend, Ore.; Cpl. Wesley A. Rodd, 23, of Harris, Texas; Lance Cpl. Chase D. Sweetwood, 19, of Portland, Ore. and also Cpl. Cesar A. Villanueva, 21, of Riverside.

All of the Militaries were based at Camp Pendleton as well as were component of the third Amphibian Assault Squadron. They were foot soldiers that offered with Squadron Touchdown Group 1/4. All were affixed to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

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Names of two hurt Militaries were not instantly released. Both remain hospitalized at Scripps Memorial Hospital.

A Navy ship, specializing in undersea search and also rescue, is currently entailed in searching for the absent service members and the AAV.

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