Norman High School cross country captain Patrick Ahearn has lost part of his leg and suffered a serious head injury after a jet ski accident in Destin, Fla., on Sunday.
Ahearn's rented jet ski hit the stern of a 38-foot boat in the bay, where his foot was damaged as his watercraft continued going and crashed into the boat's propeller.
Officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Ahearn, 17, was airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, where doctors amputated his left lower leg. Ahearn is in critical condition.
“He was actually going to be one of our captains on the cross country team this year,” Norman cross country coach Scott Monnard said in a statement. “That is saying a lot, with a team of over 60 boys and are the defending Class 6A boys cross country state champions.
“This is a kid of the highest caliber, and his accident is a devastating blow to not only his family and team, but will be for the entire student body at Norman High School.”
Monnard said cards, flowers and letters can be sent to Ahearn at Sacred Heart Hospital, Surgical ICU #42, 1515 N. 9th Ave., Pensacola, Fla. 32505.
The crash is under investigation by the wildlife commission.