Navy diver's death off NC coast investigated

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) -- The Navy is investigating the death of a diver participating in an amphibious training exercise in Atlantic waters off North Carolina.

The Navy's Expeditionary Combat Command identified the diver as Petty Officer 1st Class Taylor Gallant, who was assigned to an explosives ordnance disposal unit. The 22-year-old from Winchester, Ky., died Thursday while diving with other sailors during diving operations aboard the Canadian ship HMCS Summerside.

They were part of an amphibious training exercise called Bold Alligator 2012. The exercise occurred in 110-feet of water off Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.

Gallant enlisted in the Navy in 2008. He was assigned to the explosive ordnance disposal unit in November 2010.

His death is being investigated by the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command in Virginia Beach and the Naval Safety Center.


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