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Offline mystery-ak

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2715924/Heroic-Navy-diver-drowned-refusing-leave-fellow-sailor-underwater-training-exercise.html

Heroic Navy diver drowned after refusing to leave his fellow sailor to die alone underwater during a training exercise

    Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Harris, 23, died along with Petty Officer 2nd Class James Reyher, 28, last February
    They were diving in a Naval training exercise in Maryland
    An investigation has found 'multiple points of failure and decision making' led to the men's deaths
    Reyher became trapped underwater; Harris could cut a cord connecting them but didn't
    The investigation found he exhausted his oxygen trying to save Reyher
    Harris is being awarded a posthumous Navy and Marine Corps Medal
    Harris was married with two young daughters; Reyher was also married
    Five members of personnel have faced disciplinary action over the deaths

By Alex Greig

Published: 14:13 EST, 4 August 2014 | Updated: 15:55 EST, 4 August 2014

A Navy diver died at the bottom of a Maryland pond last year after refusing to leave his trapped fellow sailor to drown alone.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Harris, 23, and Petty Officer 1st Class James Reyher, 28, were sent to dive in the Aberdeen Proving Ground on February 26 2013, but their lifeless bodies were pulled to the surface just 31 minutes after they started the dive.

No one knew what had befallen the pair until an investigation, completed last year but only recently released, pieced together the final 31 minutes of the young men's lives.


Experienced divers: Ryan Harris (left) and James Reyher (right) were among their unit's most capable divers

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Accidents like this are the result of a chain of events.  Remove but one link from that chain and it never happens...that's why several others face disciplinary actions.  There are mandatory procedures that are supposed to prevent this kind of accident, and that it happened during a training dive makes it all that much worse.  This cuts a wide swath through a very tight community.





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