The U.S. Marine Corps has announced that the search and rescue efforts have shifted to recovery efforts after three Marines went missing following an MV-22 Osprey “mishap” off the east coast of Australia.
The families of the three missing Marines have been notified.
“Keeping our families informed is of utmost importance to the Marine Corps. We have completed notification to the three Marines’ families,” the III Marine Expeditionary Force tweeted late Saturday night local time.
“Please keep these families in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. All other personnel are accounted for and safe,” the Marines tweeted.
The U.S. Marine Corps said 23 of the 26 personnel on the aircraft were rescued.
A search and rescue operation was conducted by the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group.
The Marines were training with the Australian Army when the incident took place.
“The aircraft involved in the mishap had launched from the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and was conducting regularly scheduled operations when the aircraft entered the water,” the Marine Corps said in a statement, according to CNN.
No additional information was available at this time.