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Navy midshipman dies after skateboarding accident

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Photo - This photo provided by the U.S. Naval Academy shows Navy midshipman Hans Loewen, 20 of Hampstead, N.C., died Saturday, March 29, 2014, after a skateboarding accident last weekend. Loewen died 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. (AP Photo/U.S. Naval Academy)
This photo provided by the U.S. Naval Academy shows Navy midshipman Hans Loewen, 20 of Hampstead, N.C., died Saturday, March 29, 2014, after a skateboarding accident last weekend. Loewen died 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. (AP Photo/U.S. Naval Academy)
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — 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.

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