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    Last Service Member Released from Hospital After Landing Vessel Collision Injured 35 in Florida

    Last Service Member Released from Hospital After Landing Vessel Collision Injured 35 in Florida

    After nearly three dozen service members were injured earlier this month when their landing crafts collided off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida, during a night operation, the last sailor to have gone to the hospital has been released.

    Two vessels called landing craft, cushions, or LCACs, collided with each other on the night of May 1, resulting in 35 Marines and sailors being injured. Five sailors were transported to the hospital, and all but one were released that same week.

    The last sailor who was hospitalized after the incident was released from Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Virginia on May 13, according to a service spokesperson on Friday.

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    Last week, the Naval Safety Command updated its list of “short narratives” that describe serious incidents that occur within the Navy and Marine Corps. It said that a “collision during LCAC night operations resulted in damaged assets and injuries to personnel.”

    The Navy confirmed the collision occurred between the two vessels. Originally, the service said that 30 sailors and Marines had been injured, but later updated that number to 35.

    The safety command marked the incident as a “Class A Mishap,” meaning that it caused more than $2,500,000 in damage, destroyed the equipment, or resulted in a fatality or permanent total disability for a service member.

    While the incident…

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