Thursday, June 9, 2016

Man falls 40 feet to his death at Acadia National Park

Park officials are investigating how and why a 68-year-old man fell to his death in Acadia National Park on Monday, the National Park Service said Tuesday.
Mark Simon of Glen Ridge, New Jersey, fell from a bluff between Sand Beach and Thunder Hole. Simon was a summer resident of Southwest Harbor.
He and his wife had stopped on the Park Loop Road so he could photograph the sunset from an area off the Ocean Path. Simon’s wife waited for him in the car, but became concerned after the sun had set, and waved down a passing park ranger.
Rangers located Simon’s backpack, and then saw his body at the bottom of a 40-foot drop. He was lying motionless at the water’s edge.
Because of the steep terrain, park rangers could not reach him, and the U.S. Coast Guard was called to assist in recovering Simon’s body, which was only reached once the rising tide carried it into the water.
While the fall appears accidental, the National Park Service said it would continue to investigate the circumstances Tuesday.
In the photo below police, park rangers and emergency personal gather at the end of the Bar Harbor town pier before boarding the Coast Guard vessel to remove the body.

That was how the story appeared in the papers, I just happened to be walking around town that night when we noticed something going down on the end of the Bar Harbor town pier.  There was police, park rangers, coast guard people, so I took out my camera and began taking photos.  I sent some in to the local paper and the following photo was used in their coverage of the accident;


I knew at the time something had happened in the park and that most likely someone had died as a result, I read the above piece online the following day.