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A Marine Safety Office investigation into the weekend diving deaths of two soldiers, including one from Utah, will take about two weeks, a Coast Guard spokesman said.

Chatham County authorities identified the victims as Chief Warrant Officer II Warren R. Seeds, 34, of Utah, and Staff Sgt. Walter Paul Wentzle Jr., 29, of Wrightstown, N.J. Officials could not immediately provide Seeds' hometown in Utah.Both were assigned to the 160th Aviation Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah.

"Somehow they got fouled up in their own propeller, and they got pulled back up under the boat" and were hit by the propeller, said Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Roger Tomlinson.

Wentzle and Seeds were among a group of four soldiers from Hunter and a civilian woman who chartered a boat for scuba diving Sunday on Tybee Island east of Savannah, the Coast Guard said. A dive master also was aboard.

The two, both of whom were certified for the dive, were the first to leave the boat. Their companions saw Seeds floating in the water a few minutes later, and a diver found Wentzle's body on the ocean floor about 90 minutes later, Tomlinson said.