Three US Marines Missing Off Australia Coast

PUBLISHED Sat, August 05, 2017 - 1:02pm EDT

An active search and rescue operation has reportedly begun Saturday for three US service members who went missing after an aircraft "mishap" occurred off the east coast of Australia. Officials add that 23 other Marines have been rescued after the incident. According to a statement from the US Marine Corps, a MV-22 Osprey was conducting "regularly scheduled operations" when it entered the water.

The statement went on to add, "The aircraft involved in the mishap had launched from the USS Bonhomme Richard and was conducting regularly scheduled operations when the aircraft entered the water. The circumstances of the mishap are currently under investigation."

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