2 Navy Divers Drowned: How Did James Reyher And Ryan Harris Die?

By iScienceTimes Staff on April 9, 2013 12:17 PM EDT

2 Navy Divers Drowned
The Super Pond is a 1,070-foot-long, 150-foot-deep pond carved out of the bank of the Bush River to allow the Army to conduct shock tests of ships, boats and submarines for the Defense Department, researchers and private businesses, according to the Baltimore Sun. (Photo: Creative Commons)

The 2 Navy divers that drowned in a test pond at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland two months ago were found to have accidentally drowned, according to the Maryland medical examiner's office per The Associated Press.

Office spokesman Bruce Goldfarb told the Baltimore Sun on Monday that further details about how the 2 divers that drowned died at the Army installation about 20 miles northeast of Baltimore won't be released for two to three months while the medical office prepares its final report.

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Navy Diver 1st Class James Reyher, 28, of Caldwell, Ohio, and Navy Diver 2nd Class Ryan Harris, 23, of Gladstone, Mo., died on Feb. 26 while working at an underwater weapons-testing facility called the Super Pond., while George Lazzaro Jr. of Nottingham, Md., a civilian technician in the Firepower Directorate of the Aberdeen Test Center, died on Jan. 30 while doing maintenance of the ground's Underwater Test Facility, better known as the Super Pond.

Military officials have closed the pond to all activities pending the outcome of several investigations.

The Navy Times reported that the deaths of the 2 Navy divers who drowned are under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and their Virginia Beach, Va.-based unit, U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2. Lazzaro's death is under investigation by the Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center at Fort Rucker, Ala.; the Army's Criminal Investigation Division; and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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