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Midshipman Dies after Skateboarding Accident

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The U.S. Naval Academy says a midshipman has died after a skateboarding accident last weekend.   Academy officials say 20-year-old Hans Loewen of Hampstead, N.C., died Saturday while in a coma at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with his family by his side.   Loewen was injured in a skateboarding accident March 22 while on a camping trip with other midshipmen at Assateague State Park. He was treated at the scene and then taken to the Baltimore trauma center.  

In a statement, Naval Academy Superintendent Michael Miller said Loewen was a vibrant midshipman who lived life to the fullest.   Loewen was a midshipman third class and oceanography major at the academy. He was involved with the academy's adventure racing team, rock climbing club and the American Nuclear Society.   Will McKamey, 19, of Knoxville, Tenn., died Tuesday after collapsing on the Navy football practice field last Saturday. McKamey died at Baltimore Shock Trauma after having undergone surgery for bleeding and swelling on the brain.   Prior to Loewen's death, midshipmen gathered Friday to remember McKamey and pray for Loewen's recovery.   He is the son of Jennifer and Eric Loewen and the brother of Zatha Loewen, also a Midshipman and listed on the academy web site as a member of the women's cross country team.

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