Accident Database

Report ID# 3850

  • Impact/Trauma
  • Head Injury / Concussion
  • Other

Accident Description

Tom McEwan, noted kayak instructor and youth leader, was taking some kids down fishladder on Friday evening. The Potomac was about 4’. He flipped in the 5th slide and sustained a major head injury. According to Robert Goo, Gil Rocha was surfing at portage and spotted Tom’s boat and looked for the occupant who was pretty much under the water. Gill spotted Tom and brought his head up enough so he could breathe and supported him as they drifted through Rocky down to wet bottom. They somehow got Tom ashore on the rock at wet bottom and called a helicopter. Tom was hospitalized for several days, including a stay in the ICU. Surgery, fortunately, was not required. He has returned home to face a long recovery.

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