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Search continues for 8 missing after Marine craft sinks

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.

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