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Nine Marines have been presumed "dead" and two are in "critical" condition after an amphibious assault vehicle sank several hundred feet during a training session.

A search and rescue operation for the missing marines has come to an end nearly two days after The Marine Expeditionary Force announced that the Navy and Coast Guard were searching for sailors.

Training for an amphibious assault has taken a tragic turn off California (stock image) 2This photo is of a search and rescue swimmer assignedCredit: Public Domain

The MEF revealed early Sunday that the "15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), I Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF), and the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG)" concluded their extensive 40-hour search for seven missing marines and one sailor.

Col. Christopher Bronzi, 15th MEU Commanding Officer, said in a Sunday press release: "It is with a heavy heart, that I decided to conclude the search and rescue effort.

“The steadfast dedication of the Marines, Sailors, and Coast Guardsmen to the persistent rescue effort was tremendous.”

The fatal accident occurred during a training exercise at 5.45pm on Thursday near San Clemente Island, and involved members of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

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The 15th MEU is based at the Marine Corps Camp Pendleton training centre on the West Coast.

During routine training near the island, the amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) began taking on water - with 15 marines and one sailor on board.

US Marines participate in AAV beach landing training during Exercise Iron Fist on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California in January, 2020

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Tom Cruise doesnt let anyone run on-screen with him, says Annabelle Wallis

Tom Cruise won’t let anyone run on-screen with him, according to Annabelle Wallis.

The actress, who starred opposite Cruise in 2017’s “The Mummy,” told the Hollywood Reporter that when it comes to the actor hitting his stride on set, it’s a one man show.

“I got to run on-screen with him, but he told me no at first. He said, ‘Nobody runs on-screen [with me],’ and I said, ‘But I’m a really good runner,’” Wallis explained. “So, I would time my treadmill so that he’d walk in and see me run. And then he added all these running scenes. So, that was it.”

Wallis, 35, continued to explain that she relished the rare opportunity.

“It was, like, better than an Oscar. I was so happy! I was so happy that I got to run on-screen with Tom Cruise,” she said.

Wallis’ reveal comes as no surprise as the action star has a reputation for doing his own stunts. For 2018’s “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” Cruise, 58, performed a HALO (high altitude low opening) jump, which required a skydive from 25,000 feet with a parachute opening at below 3,000 feet, among several other jaw-dropping feats.

In May, NASA confirmed he’s suiting up to make a movie in space.

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