VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Two high-ranking Navy officials are being investigated for dereliction and involuntary manslaughter following the deaths of two divers during an exercise in Maryland.
According to a news release from the Navy, a Uniform Code of Military Justice investigation was held April 30 to determine the charges against two Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) TWO senior leaders. The meeting stemmed from the Feb. 26 deaths of two Navy divers assigned to the same unit and based in Virginia Beach.
James Reyher, 28, of Caldwell, Ohio and Ryan Harris, 23, of Gladstone, Mo. died during a training exercise at Aberdeen Test Center in Aberdeen, Md.
The next hearing for the two senior officials accused will be held May 21. The two face dereliction of duty and involuntary manslaughter charges.
The Explosive Ordnance Disposal TWO command conducted an investigation. An investigation into the incident is also being conducted by the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command as well as Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
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