2 Va. Beach-based sailors who died in MD. diving accident identified

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WVEC.com

Posted on February 26, 2013 at 11:53 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 28 at 7:19 AM

VIRGINIA BEACH--The Navy on Wednesday identified two sailors who died in a diving accident in Maryland on Tuesday. 

Navy Diver 1st Class James Reyher, 28, of Caldwell, Ohio, and Navy Diver 2nd Class Ryan Harris, 23, of Gladstone, Mo., died while conducting dive operations at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Aberdeen.  

Harris and Reyher were assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2, located at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Ft. Story.

Harris enlisted in the Navy on June 13th, 2007 and graduated from Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Ill. in Aug., 2007. Harris successfully completed dive training at the Navy Diving and Salvage Training Center in Panama City, Fla. and was designated a Navy Diver in Apr., 2008. He served at Navy Submarine Support Facility in New London, Conn. from May, 2008 to June, 2011, before reporting to MDSU-2 in June of 2011.

Reyher enlisted in the Navy on May 28tj, 2008 and graduated from Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Ill. in July of 2008. Reyher successfully completed dive training at the Navy Diving and Salvage Training Center in Panama City, Fla. and was designated a Navy Diver in Feb. of 2009. He served at Naval Intermediate Maintenance Facility Pacific Northwest from March, of 2009 to April 2012 before reporting to MDSU-2 in April 2012.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Group Two is conducting an investigation into the deaths of the sailors.

According to the Baltimore Sun, they were working in the installation's Underwater Explosion Test Facility, called the "super pond" around 2:30 p.m. The 150-foot-deep facility near Bush River is designed for shock testing of marine vessels.

The Navy said a Maryland diver was killed January 30th  while working in "the pond," making this two death investigations in a month. 

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