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Two Texas Marines among those killed during training mission in California

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — Two Texans have been killed during a military training mission in California.

15 Marines and 1 Navy sailor were on board a 26-ton craft, known as an AAV, when it sank about 78 miles off the coast of San Diego.

Eight Marines were rescued but one died after arriving at the hospital.

Among the deceased, 20 year old Lance Cpl. Guillermo Perez of New Braunfels. His body was recovered from the water and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Military is also reporting that 23 year old Cpl. Wesley Rodd of Harris was killed when the craft sank Thursday afternoon.

Divers had difficulty reaching the craft as it sank in several hundred feet of water but 8 Marines were rescued.

They are now conducting a recovery effort along with an investigation to determine what caused the craft to take on water and sink.

The names of the other deceased Marines are:

Cpl. Cesar A. Villanueva, 21, of Riverside, California

Lance Cpl. Chase D. Sweetwood, 19, of Portland, Oregon

Pfc. Jack Ryan Ostrovsky, 21, of Bend, Oregon

Pfc. Evan A. Bath, 19, of Oak Creek, Wisconsin

Pfc. Bryan J. Baltierra, 19, of Corona, California

Lance Cpl. Marco A. Barranco, 21, of Montebello, California

Also killed in the mishap was U.S. Navy Hospitalman Christopher Gnem, 22, of Stockton, California.

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