Thursday, May 24, 2018

Aug. 2005 - Man drowns at Echo Lake

Aug. 2005

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK (AP) – Divers have recovered the body of a 22-year-old Maryland man who drowned in Echo Lake in Acadia National Park.
The body of Stephen Chan of Newmarket, Md., was found Friday after a nearly 24-hour air, water and ground search.
Chan was reported missing by his girlfriend, who said she last saw him wading in the lake Thursday afternoon.
Chan’s body was found in 60 feet of water about midway across the lake, Ranger Neil Labrie said. Because there were no witnesses, officials said they were uncertain about what happened.


Aug. 2000

A 57-year-old Maryland man (name withheld in paper) fell at least 100 feet to his death after losing his balance on a challenging section of trail at Acadia National Park on Friday, officials said.
The man and a friend of his were about five minutes from the top of the 520-foot mountain known as “The Beehive,” about a quarter-mile from Sand Beach, when he lost his balance in a confined area while stepping down about a foot and a half onto another rock, Park Ranger Jim Grover said.
Park Rangers were notified at about 4 p.m., nearly an hour after the fall, when the man’s companion was able to notify rangers. The man’s name was being withheld late Friday pending notification of relatives.
Grover described it as a difficult but popular trail with iron rungs and handholds, and said rangers will be studying the accident for any safety improvements they might make.

Jan. 2011 - Man dies while out skiing in the park

Duncan Rosborough - Dies While Cross Country Sking
Jan. 2011 - Acadia National Park
— A Mount Desert Island man has died after going for a cross-country ski in the park Saturday night, according to a park official.

Duncan Rosborough, 52, of Mount Desert was found dead in the park on the Paradise Hill loop trail around 6:45 a.m. Sunday, Acadia National Park Deputy Superintendent Len Bobinchock said. He had gone out skiing by himself the night before, telling his family he’d be gone for about an hour. He had told them he planned to ski near Eagle Lake, Bobinchock said.

“He was described as a good skier who knew the trails very well,” Bobinchock said.

April 2016 - Human Remains Lovated

April 2016

On Friday, April 15, volunteer members of Maine Search and Rescue Dogs (MESARD) discovered human remains near Parkman Mountain in Acadia National Park. The human remains were identified as belonging to Timothy Philpott, age 50. Rangers have been searching off and on for 50-year-old Timothy Philpott, of Ellsworth, whose car was found on January 13 at the Parkman Mountain parking area located off Route 198 in Mount Desert. At the time rangers conducted a hasty search that day, followed by a large-scale search of the area around Parkman and Sargent mountains the next two days

Friday, November 10, 2017


Aug. 31,  1932


Ronald, the 12 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Meuse of Baker's Island drown while playing.  The boy was playing with a raft at the shore and must of fallen on the rocks and into the water as his face and body showed buses.  Aid was called from the Coast Guard Station at Islesford and doctors from Seal Harbor were also called, but no life was found in the boy.  The boy had two sisters and a brother.
Mr. Joseph Meuse was the lighthouse keeper for Baker's Island.

List of past lighthouse keepers[;
 Head: William Gilley (1828 – 1849), John Rich (1849 – 1853), Joseph Bunker (1853 – 1856), John Bunker (1856 – 1860), W.R. Bunker (1860 – 1861), Freeman G. Young (1861 – 1867), Alden H. Jordan (1867 – 1883), Roscoe G. Lopans (1883 – 1888), Howard P. Robbins (1888 – 1902), George S. Connors (1902 – at least 1913), Vurney L. King (at least 1915 – 1930), Joseph Muise ( – 1932), Frank Faulkingham (1932 – at least 1941), Wayne E. Holcomb (1944 – 1945), Ernest H. Mathie (1946 – at least 1947).


Sept. 1, 1949

Yet another drowning took place in Acadia National Park along Ocean Drive Tuesday night when Mrs. Millicent Quinn, age 39, of West Hartford Conn. was swept off a ledge by a large wave.  Her husband, Philip Quinn, who could not swim, rushed to the road above and stopped a passing car containing John L. Harrison, age 40, of Montgomery Pa. along with his sons and wife.  Mr Harrison shed some cloths and quickly jumped into the surf and brought Mrs. Quinn to the rocky shore but before he got her onto the rocks the waves broke his grip and Miss Quinn disappeared beneath the water.
Mr Quinn and bystanders had to than help drag Mr. Harrison from the water, as he was exhausted.
Due to a storm that Monday, the ocean waves were very strong and most people stayed well away from the waters edge.  Following a drowning near the same spot back in 1936, the Park Service had maintained a rescue rope and life ring there but in recent years had stopped doing that.  A Park Ranger had been on patrol for much of that day, but not at the time of the accident.

Thursday, November 9, 2017


July 27, 1939

C.C.C. boys were fatal as the boy plunged from a cliff on Beech Mountain, killing him instantly.  Clarence D. Thurlow, son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Thurlow, died Sunday after noon when he fell from the top of a high Beech Hill cliff, where he had gone to cool off and enjoy the views.  He was seated near the edge of the cliff, witnesses said, when he lost his balance as he attempted to change his position, plunging head first over the cliff.  His body struck and lodged on a narrow rock ledge below, about half way down the face of the cliff.
Witnesses saw him fall and that he was wearing C.C.C. clothing and ran to a nearby C.C.C. camp to report the tragic accident.  A doctor along with a student doctor at the C.C.C. camp hurried to the scene and made their way down the dangerous cliff to the boy.  Using ropes it took them two hours to reach the boy but the boy was already dead.  His body was brought back to the C.C.C. camp while they waited for officials to arrive.

 During the nine years the CCC was stationed at Acadia, they completed hundreds of projects. The majority of these were in forestry, such as fire fighting, fuel reduction, and disease control. The “boys” also performed most of the work in constructing the park’s two campgrounds, Blackwoods and Seawall. Their most enduring and endearing successes, though, are the stunning and unusual trails that lead hikers into the heart of Acadia, such as the Ocean Path and Perpendicular Trail. Granite blocks weighing more than a ton were carefully cut and laid by hand. Thousands of dead or downed trees were cleared. The work was hard, but fulfilling, and through their efforts, the CCC opened, protected, and beautified Acadia National Park.

Beech Mountain Cliffs

When you arrive at the Echo Lake parking area you can't help notice the high cliffs along the western side to your left. The cliffs continue along the western shore of Echo Lake as well. There is a hiking trail that leads up the side of the cliffs from the parking area starting at the far end. Extreme caution should be used while on this trail and after arriving at the top of the cliffs.