SAN DIEGO — A Camp Pendleton Marine died and four others were injured when an Amphibious Assault Vehicle caught fire during a training exercise Monday at Marine Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Marine officials said.
Cpl. Nicholas Sell, 21, of Eagle Point, Ore., was assigned to 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division. He and the other Marines were participating in a battalion assault course in support of an integrated training exercise when the AAV caught fire about 11:20 Monday morning, according to a Marine Corps press release.
Three Marines were treated and released from the hospital on base, and one was taken to Arrowhead Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was released Wednesday, a Marine spokeswoman said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Sell enlisted in the Marine Corps on May 3, 2010, and had deployed to Afghanistan.
“The Marines and sailors of 1st Marine Division mourn the loss of Cpl. Sell. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family,” the Marines said in a news release.
In March, seven North Carolina-based Marines were killed when a 60 mm mortar exploded during a live-fire training exercise in Nevada. Three officers were relieved of their duties after an investigation into the accident found that the Marines did not follow proper procedures and were not appropriately trained.