Monday, July 17, 2017


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.
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.


  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.


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.


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


 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


 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.


 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.”

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