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