Skip to comments.Heroic Navy diver drowned after refusing to leave his fellow sailor..(shortened)
Posted on 08/04/2014 5:16:19 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
A Navy diver died at the bottom of a Maryland pond last year after refusing to leave his trapped fellow sailor to drown alone.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Harris, 23, and Petty Officer 1st Class James Reyher, 28, were sent to dive in the Aberdeen Proving Ground on February 26 2013, but their lifeless bodies were pulled to the surface just 31 minutes after they started the dive.
No one knew what had befallen the pair until an investigation, completed last year but only recently released, pieced together the final 31 minutes of the young men's lives.
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Greater love hath no man.................
Prepare yourselves because I am about to sound like a moron, but I have to ask: if it’s a training exercise, why wasn’t an instructor monitoring it at depth?
Please be kind.
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
I am always overwhelmed by the bravery, courage and love shown by members of our Armed Forces.
There were disciplinary actions taken. From the daily Mail article”
“..The deaths resulted in at least five members of personnel being disciplined. Four were charged with dereliction of duty, and the commanding officer who was unreachable was fired for being ‘unapproachable and disengaged.’ “
Prayers for his wife and children. I’m sure such a man is desperately missed.
Brave men who were put into harms way due to bad leadership decisions at the local of the accident. Divers should be able to express safety concerns, whatever the situation without repercussions.
All those attributes are exactly why the left hates them.
Even in pre-computer 1966-68 when I was in the Marine Corps, paperwork and CYA were literally the "order of the day".
Probably a Knocker (Naval Academy grad known for knocking their graduation rings on tables and also known for arrogant bustards, unapproachable and disengaged)
My apologies to any Knockers on the forum who would definitely not fit this stereotype.
RIP sailors and prayers for the family and loved ones.
The report makes it sound like that unit was FUBAR (it’s not in a German dictionary)...
This was a training exercise for crying out loud, not an active mission...no reason to compromise 2 men’s safety and in the end, their lives.
I was just reading about a wounded WWII submarine Captain whofrom outsideordered the sub to dive out of danger after ramming a Japanese warship. After 30 minutes down, the Captain and the others were not seen in order to be rescued or recovered.
I remember with pride, a US military that was about something besides politics.
My impression FWIW of academy guys when I was in the Navy is that they were not very good junior officers, but as they became burnished by experience (and not needing to prove anything) they became superb senior officers. When academy Ensigns became LCDR’s and above they weren’t bad at all.
What is “knocking their rings on tables” supposed to mean?
Naval Academy grads are famous for proudly wearing their class rings at all times.
Ring Knocking is either an attention getting technique or a nervous habit (maybe both).
If used as an attention getting technique; during a meeting turn the class ring over so the jewel is on the palm side and knock it against the table like a gavel.
If a nervous habit simply tapping or knocking the ring against the table rhythmically.
In the service, all officers in the same grade are equal, but academy (West Point, Annapolis) grads are a little more equal than everyone else. As stated, during a meeting, the ring knockers will sound off to remind the other of this fact.
In my squadron we had nine Canoe U grads, all good guys, all would have had their ass kicked if they had done that and were serious.
It wasn't that type of "training" where an instructor is on hand showing you what to do.
These two men were seasoned divers and they were practicing the retrieval of a downed helicopter for an upcoming mission.
You might ask how could they drown after only being under water for 31 minutes with a scuba tank.
Here's a rough explanation: Let's say for example their individual air tanks contained enough air for an hour dive. On a typical dive, the deeper you go, the surrounding water pressure continues to compress the oxygen in the tanks. So while diving at let's say 25 feet will give you an hour's worth of oxygen, at 150 feet of depth, the oxygen has been compressed to the point that it will yield only 30 - 40 minutes of breathing time. (Again, this is only for example purposes only).
Diving is a science which deals with the "partial pressure of gasses". I'm sure you heard of "nitrogen narcosis" or the "bends", both inherent dangers when diving below 100 feet.
The air you breath is actually 79% nitrogen which does not leave the body during normal respiration as the O2 (oxygen) does.
So when you have been diving at depth (150 ft.) your body has just consumed an hour's worth of oxygen and nitrogen in just 30 minutes so now you have to go thru decompression at various depths to rid your body of the nitrogen that has built up before you can resurface at the top.
This is just a ridimentary explanation for you, hopefully someone here with extensive diving experience might stop by and give a better explanation.
Oh, I was once dive certified. I get that part.
I guess I just misunderstood the wording - “Training” to me seems like something you do with someone who is teaching you a technique; whereas maybe, “practicing” is something you do on your own.
It just seemed like on a complicated course you would bring an observer.
Still - an amazing man.