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Nottingham Man Drowned In Aberdeen Proving Ground Super Pond

The incident took place on Aberdeen Proving Ground Wednesday afternoon.

Officials on Friday identified a Nottingham man as the diver who died Wednesday during an underwater test at the Super Pond test facility on Aberdeen Proving Ground.

George H. Lazzaro Jr., 41, of Notingham, died while performing "routine underwater test infrastructure maintenence at the Underwater Test Facility," according to an APG news release.

The cause of death was not immediately known and an autopsy is pending. The U.S. Army is investigating the incident, the release stated.

Lazzaro worked with the Firepower Directorate, Aberdeen Test Center, U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, according to the release.

"Aberdeen Test Center personnel are saddened by the loss of one of our own.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and we mourn with them during
this tragic loss," Col. Gordon L. Graham, ATC commander, said in the release.

The incident took place around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

   » Read the initial report here.

According to the release, "The family asks for privacy at this time as they mourn the loss of their husband, father, and friend."

The pond has been used for testing since 1995, according to the release.

Graham ordered an immediate safety stand down, which calls for safety reviews, the release stated.

Read more Aberdeen Proving Ground news here.

kira muller February 02, 2013 at 12:17 AM
this is heartbreaking. the perry hall high school soccer family is so saddened by this tragic loss. george never missed a game and was always quick to tell the boys how well they played. our deepest condolences to his wife and children.
Rita Weber February 02, 2013 at 01:20 PM
My thoughts and prayers for his family, friends and co-workers.
Lauren Forrester February 02, 2013 at 03:04 PM
I'm going to miss Georgie! He was a wonderful man, an awesome father, and great husband. One of the sweetest I've known. My heart and my prayers are with Pam and the kids. stay strong guys, I still love you all. <3 Rest Easy Georgie!

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