Guam sailor's diving death ruled `tragic' accident
A Navy investigation found the June death of a Guam based sailor was a “tragic” free-diving accident, Navy Joint Region Marianas said Thursday.
Navy Diver 3rd Class Robert Dotzler, who was assigned to the USS Frank Cable, was discovered unconscious in the water during a dive operation at U.S. Naval Base Guam on June 19. The 22-year-old sailor was taken to the island’s Navy hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“Characterizing Dotzler’s death as ‘tragic,’ the investigation concluded that his death was accidental and occurred in the line of duty,” according to the Joint Region Marianas statement.
Capt. Nelson P. Hildreth, the Frank Cable’s commanding officer, characterized Dotzler as a dedicated sailor who served his country with pride and performed admirable work during his time aboard the submarine tender, the Navy said.