KC-130 Hercules
KC-130 Hercules Reuters

At least one Marine was rescued from waters 200 miles off the coast of Japan after two aircraft carrying seven were involved in a refueling accident on Thursday morning (local time), NBC News reports.

"We are still searching for six Marines," Lt. Col. Kelly Frushour of the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force said.

A search and rescue operation got underway immediately after a KC-130, an extended-range tanker, and a F/A-18, a combat jet, had the accident.

Five Marines were believed to be aboard the KC-130 and two on the F/A-18 when the mishap occurred, according to a military official.

The one Marine had been found alive by about 9:00 a.m. local time. The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force found him off the coast of Iwakuni, Frushour confirmed to NBC News.

The aircraft launched from the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan for a regularly scheduled training exercise.

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