Marines: The pandemic contributed to the tragedy of the drowning of the troops.
SAN DIEGO – A new military investigation found that the coronavirus pandemic reduced training in 2020 and contributed to nine service members drowning off the coast of San Diego.
The findings released Wednesday come from the latest investigation into the sinking of the amphibious assault vehicle on July 30, 2020. It was one of the deadliest training accidents for the Marine Corps in recent years.
A previous investigation by the maritime branch found that the sinking off San Clemente Island was caused by inadequate training, poorly maintained 35-year-old amphibious assault vehicles, and poor judgment by commanders.
The latest investigation examined the readiness of the troops.