The U.S. Army killed the eight soldiers who died in an accident on Friday when their amphibious vehicle was flooded during a maneuver on the island of San Clemente, California. Finally, nine people were killed in the incident. Soldiers plus two wounded.
The deceased are seven marines and an unidentified sailor whose family notification is pending.
“With great sadness, I decided to end the search and rescue operation,” announced Colonel Christopher Bronzi, commander of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit responsible for the rescue, in a statement picked up by NBC.
Before the search was completed, army helicopters and lifeboats traced more than 1,000 nautical miles.