The seven Marines and one sailor who've been missing since their amphibious assault vehicle sank in the Pacific Ocean on Aug 6 are believed to be dead, ending an extensive 40-hour search-and-rescue (SAR) mission.
Officials with the 15th Marine Corps Expeditionary Unit announced early Sunday that leadership determined little likelihood the service members survived the accident.
＇It is with a heavy heart, that I decided to conclude the search and rescue effort,＇ Col. Christopher Bronzi, the 15th MEU's commanding officer, said in a statement. ＇The steadfast dedication of the Marines, Sailors, and Coast Guardsmen to the persistent rescue effort was tremendous.＇
Commandant Gen. David Berger tweeted on Aug 9 that the difficult decision to suspend the search-and-rescue operation was made only after ＇all resources were exhausted.＇
The search for and provision of aid to people in distress or imminent danger.
Maritime SAR is an operation carried out at sea to save people in distress.