WASHINGTON (WNEW) — The U.S. Naval Academy says 20-year-old midshipman Hans Loewen has died in a coma following a skateboarding accident last weekend.

Loewen, Third Class (sophomore), a native of Hampstead, N.C., was away from the academy on leave at the time of the accident last Saturday, the Naval Academy says, camping  at Assateague State Park with other midshipmen.

After sustaining his injuries, he received initial treatment from a local emergency response crew, then was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore for further treatment.

Since then, Loewen has been surrounded bedside by friends, family, fellow midshipmen and Naval Academy leadership.

“My wife, Barbara and I join the Brigade, staff and faculty in mourning the loss of Midshipman Hans Loewen,” said Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Michael Miller.  “Hans was a vibrant Midshipman who lived his life to the fullest, and that spirit will be forever imprinted on his classmates and the Naval Academy.”

Loewen was an oceanography major in at the academy. He was also active in extra-curricular activities, including the adventure racing team, the American Nuclear Society and the rock climbing club.

“As we celebrate Hans’ courage and commitment, we also come together in support for his family and friends, and all who were touched by his presence,” Miller said. “Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the Loewen’s, and our extended USNA family, during this very difficult time.”

Funeral arrangements are pending, and more information can be found here.


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