Names of two locally-based divers who died in accident released

The Navy has now released the names of the two divers who died in a diving accident in Maryland on Feb. 26.

They’ve been identified as Navy Diver 1st Class James Reyher, 28, of Caldwell, Ohio, and Navy Diver 2nd Class Ryan Harris, 23, of Gladstone, Mo.

They died while conducting dive operations at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Aberdeen, Md.

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

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our teammates.” said Capt. John Coffey, Deputy Commander, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Group Two. “Petty Officer Harris and Petty Officer Reyher were exceptional Sailors.  Our thoughts and prayers are with their families, friends and shipmates during this difficult time.”

Harris enlisted in the Navy on June 13, 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-June, 2011, before reporting to MDSU-2 in June, 2011.

Reyher enlisted in the Navy on May 28, 2008 and graduated from Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Ill. in July, 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., 2009. He served at Naval Intermediate Maintenance Facility Pacific Northwest from March, 2009-April 2012 before reporting to MDSU-2 in April 2012.

EODGRU-2 is conducting an investigation into the deaths of the Sailors.

Related:

Two locally-based Navy divers die conducting diving operations in Maryland



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