WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- A U.S. Navy spokesperson says that two sailors from the Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) died while conducting diving operations in Maryland on Tuesday.
According to Lieutenant Nathan C. Potter one sailor was declared dead at the scene and the second sailor was later pronounced dead at a medical facility.
The divers have been identified as Navy Diver 1st Class James Reyher, 28, of Caldwell, Ohio, and Navy Diver 2nd Class Ryan Harris, 23, of Gladstone, Mo.
Capt. John Coffey, Deputy Commander of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Group Two. said in a statement released on Wednesday, "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."
According to the Navy in a press release on Wednesday, "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."
As for Reyher, the Navy wrote that "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."
The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Group Two is investigating the deaths.