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Search continues for 8 missing after Marine craft sinks

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SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The search continues for eight U.S. service members missing after their landing craft went down in hundreds of feet of water off the Southern California coast following a deadly accident.

Seven Marines and a Navy corpsman were aboard an amphibious assault vehicle that had just completed training exercise when it began taking on water about a half-mile from San Clemente Island, off of San Diego.

The 26-ton, tank-like craft quickly sank in hundreds of feet of water -- too deep for divers -- making it difficult to reach.

One of eight Marines rescued from the water later died.

Helicopters and a variety of boats are searching a roughly 200-square-mile area Saturday.

Associated Press

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