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Two Navy Divers Die During Routine Dive

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by tulianr, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. tulianr

    tulianr Don Quixote de la Monkey

    Does this strike anyone else as odd? Two experienced divers, one a First Class and one a Second Class, die during a routine dive in a test pond, in less than 150 feet of water. If it were an actual salvage operation, I would lament the sailors' passing, but not question the circumstances. Salvage Diving, I'm sure, is extremely dangerous; but a routine dive in a test pond?
    Navy identifies 2 divers who died at Md. Army site
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      This undated photo provided by the U.S. Army shows a test pond at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, Md.
    BALTIMORE (AP) β€” The Navy on Wednesday identified two sailors who perished during routine diving operations at a test pond at an Army site in Maryland.

    Officials said 28-year-old Navy Diver 1st Class James Reyher of Caldwell, Ohio, and Navy Diver 2nd Class Ryan Harris of Gladstone, Mo., died Tuesday. They were assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2 at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Va.

    The two had been diving at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in northeastern Maryland. One diver was pronounced dead at the scene, the other was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead later.

    Tuesday's incident at Aberdeen's Underwater Test Facility occurred less than a month after George Lazzaro Jr., a 41-year-old engineering technician, died while performing maintenance at the same site.

    Kelly Luster, a spokesman for the Aberdeen Proving Ground, said Tuesday's deaths are not believed to be connected to the earlier incident. But officials said Wednesday that the test facility has been closed for all diving operations until investigations into the recent deaths are done.

    The test facility, dubbed the "Super Pond," is used to conduct shock testing of vessels, submarine systems and munitions. With a bottom measuring 300 feet in diameter and a maximum depth of 150 feet, the facility also has been used in testing torpedoes, missiles, warheads, amphibious and remotely controlled vehicles, underwater gun firing and acoustics.

    The sailors belonged to a unit whose salvage operations have included TWA Flight 800, Swiss Air Flight 111, the space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, and the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor.

    The unit also provided damage assessments and repairs on the USS Cole and participated in humanitarian missions following Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 earthquake that struck Haiti.

    Deputy Commander Capt. John Coffey said Wednesday, "Petty Officer Harris and Petty Officer Reyher were exceptional Sailors."
  2. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Kinda strange it's a killer pond. @Seacowboys

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  3. scrapman21009

    scrapman21009 Chupacabra Hunter

    About 5 miles from my house, only a mile by water. What is really funny is all the things that happen there that never make the news. Station 12 is the on base FD, we are second due on a few of their boxes, so we cross train with them quite often. I never do like responding on base, never quite sure what you are getting into.
  4. KAS

    KAS Monkey++

    no this does not surprise me at all.
    The military has some of the worst divers in the industry.
    Very seldome does the military do there own diviing anymore and for a diver to be qualified they only have to make like 4 dives a year and to be a masterdiver its knot what u know but who u blow!!!!
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  5. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    MOST all, training deaths are of a nature not to be explained to the civilian population.

    Stories I could tell, but won't. Alive and well at what is getting to be an advanced age even for civilians, much less for any one who has been in any special ops.
  6. NWPilgrim

    NWPilgrim Monkey++

    Hard to say without knowing cause of death. Lots can go wrong at four atmospheres pressure. Especially at a test facility. Equipment failure, unexpected testing consequences, contamination, improper training or not following procedures.
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