Two sailors, including one from Utah, face criminal charges in the scalding death of John H.E. Young, a shipmate on the support ship Detroit, the Navy said.
Young, 19, of Oak Ridge, Tenn., died Jan. 30 in Norfolk after being scalded while working inside a ship boiler.Kenneth Glenn Taylor, 24, of Provo, Utah, faces a charge of involuntary manslaughter in Young's death. Taylor allegedly began using steam to clean a boiler adjacent to the one Young was in. A misalignment of piping apparently allowed steam to enter the boiler Young was inside, severely scalding him, Navy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. John Lloyd said Friday.
Boiler technician Danny O'Dell Wyman, 27, of East Brady, Pa., faces a charge of being an accessory after the fact of manslaughter.
Both men are also charged with dereliction in the performance of duties, obstructing justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice, Lloyd said. They have been reassigned to shore duties pending investigations.
Lloyd said details of the charges are being withheld pending the investigations.
"The investigating officer determined that the serious nature of the incident warranted filing criminal charges because sufficient safeguards are already in place to prevent such incidents if proper procedures are followed," he said.