VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - The Navy has disciplined five sailors for their roles in the training accident deaths of two Navy divers in Maryland.
Navy Diver 1st Class James Reyher of Caldwell and Navy Diver 2nd Class Ryan Harris of Gladstone, Missouri., drowned on February 26 while working at the Aberdeen Proving Ground.
A spokesman says the Navy can't release the names of those who received the non-judicial punishment because it is an administrative matter. Each sailor may choose to challenge the punishment in a court martial.
Earlier this month, the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration found seven serious violations at the facility where the drowning deaths occurred. Among those violations were improper training for divers; allowing dives to be performed without a standby diver; and using breathing air for purposes other than breathing.
In June, a hearing was held to determine whether to press formal criminal charges against two sailors for dereliction of duty and involuntary manslaughter. The nonjudicial punishments stem from that investigation.