Montague student dies after rugby match

Tragedy is shaking Prince Edward Island and the rugby world. Brodie McCarthy, 18, a grade 12 student at Montague High School, in the east end of the island, succumbed to an injury he suffered at a rugby tournament in Summerside on Friday.

He had been rushed to the Moncton Hospital where his brain death was noted.

The day after his death, students, parents and coaches are still shocked by this terrible news. The flags were at half-mast on Monday morning at Montague High School.

According to the school principal, McCarthy was the victim of an “unpredictable accident” during the match. He suffered a serious brain injury.

The school announced his death on their website Sunday.

Brain death

Three days earlier, there was a party atmosphere at Three Oaks High School in Summerside, where the Rugby Tournament was held.

At a meeting between Montague at Hants East school, McCarthy was injured in the head during a banal plating, according to witnesses.

The young man left the field of his own and then sat on the bench. He answered his coach’s questions before he lost consciousness.

Brodie McCarthy died Sunday at the Moncton Hospital. Photo: Radio-Canada
Brodie McCarthy died Sunday at the Moncton Hospital. Photo: Radio-Canada

He was rushed to the Moncton Hospital and operated on Friday. He had two brain haemorrhages.

His brain death was recorded Saturday.

Prince Edward Island mourning

PEI Premier Wade MacLauchlan immediately extended his condolences to the school’s family, students, and school staff via Twitter message.

Montague High School was open Monday. Counselors and psychologists have been sent to all schools on the island to help students, parents and teachers

Funeral details have not been announced yet. If they take place on a weekday, Montague High School will close that day out of respect for the victim and his family, the management said.

Out of respect for the loved ones of the victim and the students of Montague, all rugby matches of the week were canceled.

The family of Brodie McCarthy has authorized the donation of his organs.

Simon Morgan

Simon Morgan was born and raised in Ottawa. Simon has worked as a freelance journalist for nearly a decade and written for The Ottawa Sun, the Vancouver Sun and the Star. As a journalist for Island Daily Tribune, Simon mostly covers community events and human interest stories.

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Simon Morgan was born and raised in Ottawa. Simon has worked as a freelance journalist for nearly a decade and written for The Ottawa Sun, the Vancouver Sun and the Star. As a journalist for Island Daily Tribune, Simon mostly covers community events and human interest stories.

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