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Navy diver dies during training off N. Carolina

Jan. 27, 2012 - 03:16PM   |   Last Updated: Jan. 27, 2012 - 03:16PM  |  
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A U.S. Navy diver working from a Canadian ship off the North Carolina coast died during training operations Thursday, Naval Expeditionary Combat Command announced Friday.

The Navy on Friday identified the diver as Explosive Ordnance Disposal 2nd Class Taylor Gallant, 22, of Winchester, Ky.

Gallant, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 12, was embarked on HMCS Summerside during preparations to take part in Bold Alligator, a major amphibious training exercise slated to begin Monday.

Gallant was transported to Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, N.C., and pronounced dead on arrival, said Lt. Cmdr. John Gay, a command spokesman.

NECC is conducting an investigation into the sailor's death, Gay said.

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