Monday, July 17, 2017

MOTORCYCLIST DIES FOLLOWING A CRASH ON THE CADILLAC MOUNTAIN SUMMIT ROAD

A motorcyclist was killed after crashing his bike on the Cadillac Mountain Summit road in Acadia National Park.   The young man was a student at the University of Maine and from the country of Saudi Arabia.  The crash occurred on Sunday afternoon.  Park spokesman John Kelly said the accident took place at about 4;30 in the afternoon.  Witnesses who were interviewed said the driver was operating at a high rate of speed and passing cars in a dangerous manner.  Kelly reported that the operator of the motorcycle apparently lost control of his bike on a curve and crashed.
The victim was later identified as Abdulrahman M. Alamer, age 21, who later died at Mount Desert Island Hospital as a result of his injuries.


DEATHS IN ACADIA NATIONAL PARK - CADILLAC MOUNTAIN SUMMIT ROAD - ACADIA

He had been riding down the Cadillac Summit Road on a red Ducati motorcycle and passing cars when he skidded off of the Summit Road and striking an enbankment.  Rangers were said to have arrived on scene about five minutes after the crash and found the victim still alive.  The victim was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

MAN ATTEMPTS TO GET A PERFECT PHOTO FALLS TO HIS DEATH

  Posted June 7, 2016

Man falls 40 feet to his death at Acadia National Park
It appears a  68-year-old summer resident of Southwest Harbor was apparently trying to take a perfect photograph of the sunset when the man fell..
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.  The accident occurred in an area where others have lost their lives in the past. 
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, a town located on the quiet side of the island.
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.

MAN DIES AFTER SWIMMING IN LAKE IN ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

Published July 3, 2016

Despite their best efforts to resuscitate him, a man who was from the city of South Portland Maine died Saturday afternoon following a swim in Echo Lake in Acadia National Park, according to a Park Spokesman.  He had been at the lake with his wife and children.
Nathan Savage, age 39, had been swimming in an area of the lake known as Ikes Point and had just finished a swim across the lake when he collapsed where he had been setting on a rock at around 3pm.  It was reported that Savage's wife began CPR while another park visitor used a phone to call for help.  Shortly afterwards Park Rangers and local police officers arrived at the scene and altemated CPR until an ambulance arrived at the scene, but by then Savage had died.
Park spokesman John Kelly said Mr Savage was taken to the state medical examiners office where an autopsy would be done.
While deaths in Acadia National Park do happen,this was the first death related to swimming in the park that I have heard of.   That said, there are a number of deaths in Acadia that have occurred over the  years related to drownings.

LOCAL MAN DIES AFTER FALL FROM BRIDGE

posted June 5, 2015


BAR HARBOR – Christian Linwood Emigh-Doyle, 23, died May 25, 2014. He was born April 6, 1991 in Boston, MA, the son of Kenneth Edison Doyle and Christie Ellen Emigh, MD.
As a child, he attended the Acadia Friends Meeting in Northeast Harbor, until age 14 when he moved to Newtown, PA to attend The George School. During high school, Christian attended The George School, a Friends school in Newtown, Pennsylvania for 2 1/2years. Then, he completed high school at the Mt. Desert High School in Bar Harbor, Nov. 22, 2011 by obtaining a GED. During childhood, he enjoyed many summers at the Friends Camp in China, Maine and Camp Beech Cliff, Mt. Desert. In the outdoors, he appreciated rock climbing, ice climbing, skate boarding, slack lining, and bicycling. He studied the cello under Arkady Levitan. He also enjoyed reading and video car racing games.
Bridge over Duck brook, Acadia National Park

Christian is survived by his parents and two sisters: Hannah Leigh Emigh-Doyle and Sarah Dierdre Emigh-Doyle, all of Bar Harbor. The family would like to express our deepest gratitude to the Bangor, Holden, Hampden, Brewer, Ellsworth, and Bar Harbor Police Departments, Acadia Search and Rescue Team, the Acadia National Park Ranger, Bill Weidner, and to Police Officers Tim Bland and Tom Tardiff for their loving care and support.
While deaths in Acadia National Park do happen, this is an unusual case because no clear answer as to how the young man fell from the bridge has ever been determined.  
A visitation will occur from 2-8 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014 and from 6-8 p.m. Monday, June 30, 2014. A memorial service under the care of the Acadia Friends Meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, 2014. All services will be held at the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor, and all are welcome to attend. The family suggests memorials to the Acadia Friends Meeting, PO Box 21, Bar Harbor, ME, 04609 or the American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102 rather than flowers. Arrangements in care of Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mt. Desert. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com

LOCAL MAN FOUND DEAD ALONG TRAIL IN ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

 posted June 7, 2012

BAR HARBOR, Maine — Acadia National Park officials are investigating the death of a local elderly man who was found lying in a marshy area along a trail in the park on Wednesday afternoon. Rangers said the death is not suspicious.
John Baer, 85, of Bar Harbor was walking his dog on the park trail that runs along Schooner Head Road sometime around 3 p.m. when his wife became concerned because he had not returned.
At around 4 p.m., 911 dispatchers received a call from joggers who had discovered Baer lying face-down near a bridge that goes over a brook outlet and marsh, said Richard Rechholtz, Acadia’s supervisory park ranger. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.
“We believe he fell somehow,” said Rechholtz, who added that the dog was still in the area when Baer was discovered. “There is no suspicion of foul play.”
Acadia officials are investigating the death because the incident happened on park land.
Baer’s body was being taken on Thursday to the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta for examination.
 posted June 7, 2012

MAN COMMITS SUICIDE ATOP CADILLAC MOUNTAIN

 posted July 8, 2012

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — A 38-year-old Connecticut man killed himself early Sunday morning in the parking lot at the summit of Cadillac Mountain, park officials said Sunday night.
Supervisory Park Ranger Richard Rechholtz said the man committed suicide in his car by carbon monoxide poisoning. The victim was discovered around sunrise by other tourists.
The man was traveling alone and his family had been notified of his death, Rechholtz said.
“National parks can attract people who want to commit suicide because they are beautiful places,” Rechholtz said. “We have our share at Acadia, and it’s always very unfortunate.

COLLEGE STUDENT DIES FOLLOWING A FALL FROM A CLIFF ON THE PRECIPICE

 posted July 29, 2012

Three dozen rescue workers and the crew of a Lifeflight helicopter that was forced to land on a mountain ledge spent more than five hours Saturday trying to save the life of a University of Maine student.
Despite their heroic efforts, 22-year-old Shirley Ladd of Barnstead, N.H., died from injuries she sustained after falling on a trail on Champlain Mountain in Acadia National Park.
Rescuers use climbing equipment to haul an injured hiker 250 feet up Champlain Mountain in Acadia National Park on Saturday. Shirley Ladd, a student at UMaine, later died of her injuries. She was remembered for her outgoing personality. Photos courtesy National Park Service
A helicopter from LifeFlight of Maine landed on a sloped, open ledge on Champlain Mountain in Acadia National Park in order to evacuate an injured hiker Saturday. Photo by Jon Tierney
Personnel from the National Park Service, Mount Desert Island Search and Rescue, LifeFlight Of Maine and Acadia Mountain Guides assist in rescuing and giving medical care to Shirley Ladd, who was critically injured Saturday while hiking in Acadia National Park. Photo by B. Watson/Courtesy of Jon Tierney

Ropes are visible as rescuers attend Shirley Ladd, a New Hampshire woman who fell 60 feet while hiking a difficult trail in Acadia National Park on Saturday.
University officials identified Ladd on Sunday as a senior at the university’s Orono campus where she was majoring in psychology. She was minoring in business administration. Ladd was most recently employed as a student building manager at the university’s New Balance Student Recreation Center.
“Our thoughts are with her family, friends and the many people on campus who knew and loved her, and whose lives she touched,” said Robert Dana, UMaine’s vice president for student affairs and dean of students, in a statement released Sunday to the university community. “As one of our student managers at the Fitness Center, she was well known for her outgoing personality and customer service. She was always ready with a smile. Shirley was a strong leader among her peers. She will be missed by so many in our community.”
A close friend said Ladd had travelled to Bar Harbor last weekend to visit her boyfriend, a recent university graduate.

Her boyfriend was at work when she decided to go hiking with another friend on the Precipice Trail, which leads to the summit of Champlain Mountain.
“Shirley was one of the most caring people I have ever met. And she was so much fun. She made work enjoyable,” said her friend, Kaci Stormann, who worked with Ladd at the New Balance Student Recreation Center.
Those familiar with the hiking trails at Acadia say the Precipice Trail is the most challenging trail in the park because hikers must hang onto steel ladder rungs in some parts of the trail.
Advertisement “If you took away the rungs, it’s what I would call a fourth class climb or a technical climb (for experienced rock climbers),” said Jon Tierney, who owns Acadia Mountain Guides in Bar Harbor.


Murray alerted the park service that Ladd had sustained severe injuries, which triggered a massive rescue effort.
Rechholtz said Ladd had just finished climbing a laddered section of the Precipice Trail and was preparing to ascend another section of ladder rungs when she fell from a rock shelf onto the trail below.
Advertisement She landed near another hiker, almost hitting the hiker, Rechholtz said.
Multiple agencies responded including all of Acadia’s on- and off-duty park rangers, members of the Bar Harbor Fire Department, Mount Desert Island Search and Rescue, a crew of medics from Lifeflight of Maine, and the privately owned Acadia Mountain Guides.
“It was one huge effort. The park rangers could not have done this by ourselves,” Rechholtz said.
The rescuers faced a number of physical obstacles.

The Precipice Trail, which is typically closed to protect peregrine falcon nesting sites, is extremely steep. It opened this summer for the first time in several years after the falcon nesting effort failed.
Champlain Mountain itself is just over 1,000 feet. Ladd had completed about three quarters of the trail when she fell, which forced rescue workers to do a lot of climbing before they could reach her.
Though the skies were clear and sunny, the humidity on Saturday was oppressive, rescue workers said.
“One of the biggest decisions we had to make was whether to move her up the mountain or go down,” Tierney said. “Going up is more difficult (more strenuous) but you are going away from harm’s way.”



The Precipice - Deaths In Acadia National Park

WAVES FROM HURRICANE BILL CLAIM LIFE OF 7 YEAR OLD GIRL

 posted Aug. 24, 2009

Clio Dahyun Axilrod and her parents had joined the thousands of visitors on Sunday enthralled by the spectacular waves fueled by Hurricane Bill that were breaking off the Atlantic Coast of Acadia National Park in Maine.
But as one series of waves crashed off the rocky cliffs about 350 feet south of the popular Thunder Hole, , the family, from New York City, recognized the danger, turned around and headed up a diagonal path toward the roadway.
They were about 40 feet from the main road, Ocean Drive witnesses told a park ranger, when a 20-foot-high swell exploded into the air, sweeping Clio, 7, her father, Peter J. Axilrod, 55, and five other people out to sea. Clio’s mother, Sandra M. Kuhach, 51, was knocked to the ground and seriously injured.
Officials said on Monday that 13 people were hit by the giant wave and admitted to Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor, Me.

Officials said on Monday that 13 people were hit by the giant wave and admitted to Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor, Me.
Four of those who were dragged into the ocean were able to make it out of the 55-degree water on their own, said a Coast Guard spokesman, Chief Petty Officer Christopher Wheeler.
About an hour after the wave carried Mr. Axilrod into the ocean, he was rescued by the Coast Guard in a 47-foot lifeboat.
A 12-year-old girl, Simone Pelletier of Belfast, Me., was also brought to safety by the Coast Guard and taken to Mount Desert Island Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
But it took rescuers more than three hours to locate Clio, who was found unresponsive about a half-mile from shore. She died from drowning, the Maine Marine Patrol said Monday.
Her parents remained hospitalized at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, a patrol spokesman said in a news release. The family lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, opposite Gracie Mansion.
 Neighbors on Monday described Clio as an energetic child who liked to swim with her friends in the rooftop pool of the 20-story building where the family lived.

WOMAN FALLS INTO OCEAN, DROWNS IN ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

 June 2, 2007

BOSTON – The Coast Guard and National Park Service Rangers attempted to rescue a person in the water on the ocean side of Acadia National Park, Maine around 2:30 p.m. Friday.
Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor received a cell phone call about 2:27 p.m. from a person reporting a female had fallen into the water in a rocky area of Schoodic Point.
The U.S. National Park Service rangers responded on-shore. The crew of a 41-foot utility boat from Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor arrived on-scene about 2:45 p.m. The 56-year old female was recovered by the crew of the utility boat and commenced CPR around 2:50 p.m.
Faith M. Wise, a native of Trufant, Mich., was transferred to EMS at Winter Harbor around 3:15 p.m. and was later pronounced dead.
The cause of the accident is under investigation by the U.S. National Park Service.

MAN DIES AFTER RIDING BIKE INTO CLOSED GATE

LOCAL WOMAN DIES AFTER FALL FROM CLIFF NEAR SAND BEACH

BODY OF MAN DISCOVERED, AN APPARENT SUICIDE

March 8, 2004

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK - The body of an Ohio man was found Sunday morning off Route 233 after he apparently had told a friend he intended to commit suicide, according to a park ranger.
Benjamin A. Ellis, 21, of Granville, Ohio, died from what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Ranger Dustin Warner said Sunday afternoon.
"We found the body on top of Great Hill at 10 a.m.," Warner said.
Park officials were still working Sunday afternoon to remove Ellis' body from the top of the hill, which is just north of Route 233 and to the west of the Park Loop Road, the ranger said.
Ellis' car was spotted Friday parked at the gated Park Loop Road entrance on Route 233, but park officials did not realize anything was amiss until the next day, when a ranger noted the vehicle was still in the same spot.

ROCK CLIMBER DROWNS AFTER ATTEMPTING TO RETRIEVE A SHOE

 2004

 ACADIA NATIONAL PARK – A rock climber from the Bangor area, Emil Lin,  is missing and feared dead Sunday after retrieving a climbing shoe from the ocean off Otter Cliffs and then being washed by a wave into the pounding surf, park officials said.
A search for the missing climber was called off Sunday evening after the sun went down. It was expected to resume this morning, Acadia National Park Ranger Neal Labrie said Sunday.
The identities of the missing climber and his climbing partner, who also is from the Bangor area, are being withheld pending the results of the search and notification of their relatives, Labrie said. The second climber was unharmed during the incident.
Both men are in their 20s, according to the ranger. One is a student at the University of Maine in Orono, and the other attends Northeastern University in Boston, he said.
“They were just trying out new climbing gear,” Labrie said.
According to Ranger Richard Rechholtz, the two were rock climbing at Otter Cliffs around 1:30 p.m. Sunday when one of them unclipped himself from a climbing rope and, from the bottom of the cliff, jumped into the frigid ocean water to retrieve a climbing shoe.

“He swam out, retrieved his shoe and came back to shore,” Rechholtz said. “He made it back to an outcropping below Otter Cliffs. A wave came and washed him back in, and he disappeared under the water.”
After officials were notified of the incident, park staff started a search for the missing climber.
Three Coast Guard vessels, personnel with the Bar Harbor harbor master’s office and two sightseeing boats motored back and forth offshore looking for signs of the man. A jet and a helicopter, both sent by the Coast Guard, participated in the search


Thunder Hole - Deaths In Acadia National Park

MAN PUSHES WIFE TO HER DEATH AT OTTER CLIFFS

 Oct. 12, 2000 - ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

HELENA, Mont. — The man now serving time for pushing his wife off an 80-foot cliff in Acadia National Park in 1987 has confessed to killing his first wife in 1975 in Montana, according to court documents released this week in Montana.
Dennis R. Larson, 50, admitted to a Montana state investigator on Sept. 14 that he pushed his wife, Leslee R. Larson, into a stream near Wolf Creek on June 19, 1975, and watched her float away in the deep, fast spring runoff. No trace of her body has ever been found. Larson was charged last week.
In 1975, Larson told investigators that his first wife had fallen into the creek and that he had jumped into the fast-moving water in a futile attempt to rescue her. However, the first law officer at the scene reported that Larson was dry and did not appear to have jumped into the stream, the court document said.

Seven years later, after authorities finally ruled his wife dead, Larson collected on a $20,000 life insurance policy.
Larson is serving a 50-year sentence for murder in the Oct. 11, 1987, death of his third wife, Kathy Frost Larson. That case revealed a whirlwind romance, a marriage-and-murder-for-profit scheme, which also involved an insurance policy and a taped confession from Larson that contradicted his earlier statements about Frost’s death. Suspicions about the Great Falls native also prompted Bangor police to blow up packages belonging to Larson, which they suspected might have contained explosives.

According to reports of Larson’s 1989 trial, after his second wife divorced him in May 1987, Larson made what prosecutors described as a temporary trip to Maine with the intention of finding a way to win back his ex-wife. Prosecutors said that he placed personal ads in two Maine newspapers in hopes of finding a new wife.
Kathy Frost, then 25, was one of three women to respond to the ads, and the couple married in September 1987, just seven weeks after their first meeting. The day after they married, Larson took out a life insurance policy on himself and added an accidental death rider for his wife providing double the $200,000 face value of the policy.
DEATHS IN ACADIA NATIONAL PARK - OTTER CLIFFS

Frost’s family and friends had described her as “an extremely desperate, lonely individual who was unable to get a man.” According to testimony during Larson’s trial, Frost had told friends that even though she didn’t love him, she would marry Larson, hoping to learn to love him.
After the marriage, Frost appeared unhappy to friends and complained about her new husband. She told her family that she had made a mistake and would get out of her marriage by telling Larson what she wanted to do during the weekend of Oct. 10 — the weekend that Larson had asked her to go to Bar Harbor. She also told family that she did not want to go to Bar Harbor. Testimony indicated that although she did not enjoy hiking or swimming, and had a strong fear of heights, she agreed to the trip to please her husband.

The couple went to Acadia National Park at dusk on Oct. 11. Larson initially told investigators that they had gone to the sheer vertical drop at Otter Cliffs to look for otters in the water below. He said they had taken different paths and, while they were separated, he heard his wife scream. When he got to the edge of the precipice, he said he saw his wife lying on the rocks, 81 feet below.
As the investigation into Frost’s death continued, Larson made plans to return to Montana. On Nov. 4, he boarded an airplane at Bangor International Airport, but had left several packages on the floor of the BIA terminal.
Maine State Police officers, investigating Frost’s death, notified Bangor police officers that the packages might contain explosives. The investigators had searched Larson’s apartment in Millinocket the day before and had discovered 6½  sticks of dynamite in the garage there.
A demolition team moved the packages out of the airport and exploded them, but found only tools and clothing.

It was while Larson was in Montana that State Police Detective Jeffrey Harmon traveled there to question him about Frost’s death. During a six-hour interview, Larson admitted that he had pushed his wife off the cliff in retaliation after she shoved him and said she was leaving him.
“I pushed her too hard, I guess,” he told Harmon.
The Montana affidavit containing Larson’s confession was ordered released on Tuesday by Justice of the Peace Wally Jewell after three news organizations challenged an earlier order to keep it secret. That order was issued by an acting justice of the peace at the request of Lewis and Clark County Attorney Mike McGrath on the day the murder charged against Larson was filed.
McGrath had argued that disclosing the contents of the document could jeopardize Larson’s right to a fair trial. In his ruling, Jewel said that the request to keep the document secret had to be balanced with the constitutional right to know, which, he said, was not done in this case.

The document does not explain why a state investigator was sent to Maine to question Larson.
Because of the similarity in the deaths of the two women, Montana authorities had reopened the investigation of the death of Leslee R. Larson, in the late 1980s. The state Justice Department got involved in the case in 1998 at the urging of Leslee Larson’s family and the sheriff’s offices in Cascade and Judith Basin counties. Both agencies had been involved in searching for the woman’s body and in the initial investigation.
McGrath has said he will ask that Larson be extradited from Maine to face the murder charge against him, and Public Defender Randi Hood said she believes that process has begun.
The state of Maine has not received a formal request to send Larson to Montana, according to Bob Way, a spokesman for the Maine Attorney General’s office.
Hood said she is hoping to discuss the case with Larson soon, and has not yet decided whether to waive extradition.





COUPLE POSE FOR PHOTO SWEPT OUT TO SEA IN ACADIA NATIONAL PARK


1999

 Robert Croteau, age 51, and his wife Margaret, age 63, had been standing on rocks along the waters edge at Schoodic Point in Acadia National Park when a large wave swept them into the sea.  A friend was preparing to take a photo of the couple when the large wave swept them away.

Ocean Waves - Acadia National Park

MAN FALLS TO HIS DEATH ON THE PRECIPICE

1997 - ACADIA NATIONAL PARK;
The body of a 37 year  old Old Town man was located Monday afternoon in Acadia National Park.
Michael Domino, who had moved with his wife and 6 year old daughter from the Boca Raton, Fla. area last Oct., apparently fell Sunday afternoon while hiking near the East Face Trail on one of the most treacherous mountains in the park.  Icy paths now cover many of the rock faces and trails in Acadia National Park.
According to park spokeswoman Wanda Mozan, a helicopter with infrared sensors from the 112th Army National Guard flew over Champlain and other nearby mountains during the night, hoping to detect Domino's location.
Very early Monday morning the helicopter returned, along with a plane from the Maine Warden Service.  The search by air and land continued throughout the morning.  The body was found at about 12;30 PM.  Park Officials and volunteer's brought Domino's body down from the mountain side on a stretcher.

SNOWMOBILER DIES AFTER GOING AIRBORNE AND HITTING TREE'S

 1997

In the winter of 1997 Shon Lewis and some friends traveled to Acadia National Park to do some snowmobiling.  By all accounts the evening could not of gone any better.  That would all change two hours later when they returned to the parking lot of the Acadia National Park Visitor's Center in Hull's cove.
The group of snowmobilers took a rest while Shon decided to take a final run around the parking lot.  That would end up being a fatal decision because at some point he lost control of his snowmobile and was killed.  His machine left the parking lot, traveled down an embankment and into a cluster of tree's.  He went head first into the tree's and died almost instantly.
Speed, loss of control and weather conditions at the time were to blame for the fatal accident.

TEEN DIES IN FALL FROM CLIFF IN ACADIA NATIONAL PARK




DEATHS IN ACADIA NATIONAL PARK - CLIFFS ALONG PARK LOOP ROAD

COLLEGE STUDENT, TRAPPED IN SEA CAVE, DROWNS

Oct. 14, 1993
 
 In all of the deaths in Acadia National Park that I have researched, this is one of those tragic deaths that stays with you, and I think of this young student every time I visit the area of the cave.


Anemone Cave - Acadia National Park

PRIEST DIES IN FALL IN ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

1989

Bartholomew Keohane - In 1989 on an Early  Tuesday morning searchers found the body of a 50 year old man who apparently had fallen 40 feet to his death in Acadia National Parl.  Bartholomew Keohane was a Priest from Springfield Gardens, NY, and was found on the side of Mansell Mountain, in a steep area between two trails.  It was believed that a passing storm may of caused him to seek a shorter route down the Mountain side.  Authorities say that Keohane died of multiple injuries.

PILOT KILLED WHEN PLANE CRASHES ON CEDAR SWAMP MOUNTAIN

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DEATHS IN ACADIA NATIONAL PARK -               CEDAR SWAMP MOUNTAIN PLANE CRASH   






ACADIA NATIONAL PARK RANGER KILLED BY POACHER

Nov. 13, 1938


Ranger Jacobson, who is buried in Eagle Lake, Minnesota, was shot and killed by a poacher on November 13, 1938 while on boundary patrol in Acadia NP. The elderly poacher, who pled guilty and served one day in prison, mistook Jacobson, who was accompanied by his wife while on patrol, for a deer.

Ranger Jacobson’s name was added to the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial in 1989 through the efforts of the NPS chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police. He is also listed on the state of Maine Law Enforcement Memorial.

Ranger Jacobson, who was survived by his wife of six months, is buried in the Eagle Lake Cemetery (Block 61, Section 4, at the north end of the cemetery) just east of Mankato, Minnesota.

From all accounts Ranger Jacobson was well liked and respected, and an active member of the Bar Harbor community. His untimely death was a loss not only to Acadia NP and the NPS community, but to his friends and family in Bar Harbor and Eagle Lake.

Ranger Jacobson’s name was added to the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial in 1989 through the efforts of the NPS chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police. He is also listed on the state of Maine Law Enforcement Memorial.

Ranger Jacobson, who was survived by his wife of six months, is buried in the Eagle Lake Cemetery (Block 61, Section 4, at the north end of the cemetery) just east of Mankato, Minnesota.

From all accounts Ranger Jacobson was well liked and respected, and an active member of the Bar Harbor community. His untimely death was a loss not only to Acadia NP and the NPS community, but to his friends and family in Bar Harbor and Eagle Lake.

MAN KILLED WHILE BLASTING LEDGE IN ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

 Sept. 10, 1929
Dennis Doonan, dynamite man for the Mccabe Company, was fatally injured on the project on 10 Sept. 1929.  Doonan had been anxious to complete the drilling and blasting on a ledge face near the lower end of the road, and asked two employees to work overtime on the drilling.  As one of the men, Jean Lipscomb, was drilling a hole, the drill steel snapped off.  When he removed it from the hole, he found it very hot and showed it to Doonan.  Although he had had thirty years of experience in blasting work, Doonan disregarded the overheated steel, and proceeded to load the hole with a charge.  He placed two sticks of dynamite in the hole and tamped them down.  Nothing happened, but when he added a third stick with an electric blasting cap, the charge exploded, injuring doodan so badly that he died in the hospital the following morning.  The tragedy, did not, however, seriously delay the project.

12 YEAR OLD GIRL KILLED IN FALL ON PRECIPICE -

Back in 1853 there was no Acadia National Park here, and the town of Bar Harbor back than was called Eden.  But even back than locals made their way to the precipice on the side of Champlain Mountain, and made their way up to a popular spot on the side of the Precipice known as The Great Cave.  In those days Champlain Mountain was named Newport Mountain.
The date was Aug. 3, 1853  when two local school girls decided to walk from twon out along the Schooner Head Road to visit an Uncle's farm.  Lucreatia K. Douglas had her entire life before her when the two girls started out that day, and did not know the fate that awaited her just down the road. 
At some point along the Schooner Head Trail the two 12 year old girls decided to turn right and headed in the direction of the Precipice.  The girl who survived that day would later say they climbed up the side of the mountain to see if they could see a relatives farm below from up on the side of the mountain. 
An old map I had come across one day while at the college of the Atlantic had an x on a location just above the Great Cave, and said "Where the girl fell to her death" which would indicate the two girls had made their way up to Great Cave and climbed to an area further above the cave.
The girl who survived had said that Lucreatia lad first climbed upon the large boulder, hoping to see the relative's farm below, and than the second girl, for which I have never found a name for, joined her on the boulder, when it suddenly gave way, tossing one girl off to the side with only minor injuries, and carrying Lucreatia down the mountain side to her death.
The family was poor and could not afford to purchase a headstone for their daughter, who lay in an unmarked grave for years between two churches along mount Desert Street in Bar Harbor Maine.  It was said that the family did go up near the spot where their daughter had died and placed a small wooden cross at the location. 
In all the deaths in Acadia National Park that have taken place on the Precipice, this one is perhaps the safest for me, simply because the victim was only 12 years old, which also makes her the youngest person to have fallen to their death off the Precipice.
Lucreatia's brother did return back to town some years later and purchased a headstone for his sister, and the headstone tells part of the story of his sister's death.  That headstone is located between two churches in a tiny graveyard almost across the street from the Jesup Library on Mount Desert Street.