By Dorie Cox
Former yacht Engr. Thomas “Bourke” Cannon is in a hospital in the Dominican Republic after the motorcycle he was riding was hit by a car.
Cannon, 32, was headed to survey the 178-foot (54m) R/V Pacific Hope when the accident occured, said long-time colleague and friend Capt. Marvin Wilson. Cannon is under sedation after surgery to reduce swelling on his brain.
“The doctors hope to stabilize him to Medevac him home,” Capt. Wilson said by phone. Originally from Savannah, Georgia, Cannon and his wife, Justine, live in Daytona Beach, Florida. Justine and Cannon’s sister-in-law, a nurse, are with him at the hospital.
Cannon had recently became a yacht surveyor after about nine years in yachting. He started as a deckhand in his teens with Capt. Wilson and worked his way up to engineer. His work history includes M/Y Africa, the 148-foot (45m) Sunrise Yacht, and M/Y Pegasus V, the 258-foot (86m) Royal Denship.
Lots of friends and family are praying for his recovery and look forward to seeing him doing what he loves, Capt. Wilson said.
“He loves fishing,” Capt. Wilson said. “He holds two world records in billfishing and most recently worked on sportfish boats. Fishing is his passion; engineering is what he does.”
More than 250 people have contributed to help toward expenses at a GoFundMe page online.
Dorie Cox is editor of The Triton. Comments are welcome below.