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Six People Pulled From Sinking Assault Vessel, One Confirmed Dead

A U.S. Marine died today when the amphibious-assault vessel he was training aboard capsized and sank off the coast of Camp Pendleton, authorities reported.

Five other crew members on the craft were not injured in the late-morning accident, which prompted an urgent military-civilian rescue effort in the USMC station's Del Mar Boat Basin, just north of Oceanside Harbor.

Lifeguards and a dive team were among the civilian crews aiding military personnel in the emergency.

The body of the deceased Marine was recovered about 2:15 p.m., according to Marine Corps officials. His name was withheld pending notification of his family.

Military investigators were working to determine the cause of the accident.

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