Posted June 7, 2016
Man falls 40 feet to his death at Acadia National Park
appears a 68-year-old summer resident of Southwest Harbor was
apparently trying to take a perfect photograph of the sunset when the
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.
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.