Skip to comments.Rescued hikers drown inside vehicle leaving state park
Posted on 07/25/2013 5:17:15 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
A pair of hikers who had been rescued after getting lost in the fog and rain inside a Maine state park drowned on Tuesday night when their car plunged into the water off a boat launch as they were trying to leave.
Amy Stiner, 37, and Melissa Moyer, 38, were found dead inside a minivan in 20 feet of water about 175 feet from the boat ramp on the edge of Roque Bluffs State Park, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said. A dog, a pit bull mix who was with them, also drowned.
Officials say the women, who had just been returned to their vehicle by a game warden, took a wrong turn as they were driving away from the parking area.
"The end of the road becomes the boat landing and they just weren't familiar with it," Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith told the Kennebec Journal. "It was foggy and rainy and they literally drove off the boat landing right into the water."(continued)
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This is terrible!
I don’t know, maybe there was something Biblical going on here.
A few years ago an SUV with four women drove off the roadway in Newark NJ into the Passaic River; they called 911 as the SUV filled with water but nobody (including them) knew exactly where they were (all 4 drowned).
Somehow it reminds me of trying to save Detroit.
Sad, but Darwin Award candidates for sure.
This is tragic. An emergency glass hammer under $20.00 and they would be alive.
I knew that one of your kind would show up and comment on this story.
Man...when it’s your time there is no avoiding it! What an awful story
Concur.. Darwin award nominees.
Why call 911? how about breaking the window or rolling it down or something that might be useful.
I've taken chicks camping before who can't find their way around Target, much less around the woods.
I had one that went down and filled her waders up in a 3-foot wide and deep trout stream.
I had to risk my own life to save hers as she was headed downstream submerged.
I don’t understand. Their vehicle is filling up with water and they call 911. Did they think responders were going to find them before they drowned? The whole story just seems bizarre.
When your number comes up you are leaving this world.
Stupidass statement.......you trying to hijack the thread?
I’d imagine pure panic; it happened at night, they were unsure as to where they were, and I was surprised they had time to call 9/11.
No pugnacious one. It was a comment on the helplessness of trying to save these girls. It would be like trying to bail out Detroit. Get it?
Sorry they died, but Darwin was their cousin obviously.
between the "darwin award" jerks and the women haters like you, I'm sure you can fill up that Petition for 4th trimester abortions....
I just read that one of them was 5months pregnant.....so very sad...
“————when they venture away from the mall.
God help their families.
The truth always hurts. Thanks for the compliment.
I was thinking the same thing. When it’s your time to go, it’s your time to go.
Reminds me of the stewardess from the Korean Airline crash in San Francisco, surviving the crash, surviving the cartwheel, surviving the fire, then being killed by the fire truck hitting her, rushing to the scene.
Both of them were probably thinking,...”Man, am I lucky today or what?” (BAMMM)(glug,glug,glug,glug...)
I am a veteran hiker and have seen a lot of newbies setting off for an adventure with little or no planning. Nature is a unforgiving mistress with very little margin for error.
We can do anything you can do better.
For some reason those song lyrics just sprang into my head.
What a horrible thing to happen.
I swear people are not as careful as they used to be. I watch kids running around at full speed with no care or caution from their parents. I see drivers completely immersed in texting while there cars slow down or veer of to the side of the road. I see pedestrians crossing the road without looking for cars. I see people die from these things. It is not socially correct to point out anything bad. You must never caution another. You must never threaten them with the future.
I wash my hands.
I love women - in small and short doses.
I was married to two of them - one for almost 30 years.
My daughter is a highly-educated, productive woman and agrees with me. She prefers the company of men. How refreshing.
“Sad, but Darwin Award candidates for sure.”
I’m sure you would be fine if this happened to your daughters and someone called them “Darwin Award” candidates.
People die all the time around here in Phoenix on short trials. Camelback mountain is well known to have claimed the occasional recreational hiker and it’s right in the middle of Scottsdale. Always a tragic thing. People are either physically unfit, don’t bring enough water or bad karma.
Worse is when they wander off into the superstition mountains in the summer without enough water. There are already crazies out there looking for gold and if you’re walking on their perceived claim or worse a drug trail, you are not likely to come back. Worst is when they simply don’t prepare like the Chinese tourist some years back. No water, no real clue and not enough communication skills to understand “y’all r gonna die like that....” Eventually they find you, but not until after significant weight loss, say...all of it.
This land will kill you. 4 years ago I took my family on a hike where we learned my wife was anemic to the point of passing out. Carried her 4 miles up a mountain trail out of a wild valley. Started around one, got out at sunset. I had one bottle of water left, a near thing. All I kept saying is that “we are all getting out of here.” I’ll remember that hike every time we prep for one now. My wife had her conditioned addressed and corrected and has no problems now. Boy did I win points that day! ; D
Do we have TWO Darwin Award Winners?
Darwin will not be cheated twice.
Oops I meant Final Destination.
Simply too stupid to live.
Mount Washington has claimed at least 137 victims since 1849. It is called the most dangerous small mountain in the world. http://www.backpacker.com/october_08_americas_10_most_dangerous_hikes_mt_washington_nh/destinations/12622
I know a guy who got caught in snow storm on Mt. Washington when he was in his sixties. Not a pleasant experience, but he survived.
What gets me is it seems that the driver continued to drive without seeing what was ahead. It is the same problem in these multi-vehicle pileups that occur on freeways during fog. Why did she not pull over? Stop and look? Also, in fog, the surface of the water could look very similar to the road surface, especially at a boat ramp. Very sad.
It’s Final Destination-ish.
I figured the “other speculation” was something to do with Thelma and Louise.
Most of their lakes are shallow glacier cut bird baths.
Here is a local news story on the incident with more information and a pic of where they ran off into the water. It must have been really bad weather not to see what they ran off into.
Man...when its your time there is no avoiding it! What an awful story
Hey all, let’s do a crazy thing and say a prayer for their souls and families instead of insulting them.
FWIW, this accident occurred on a boat ramp on the ocean.
Sebago Lake, Moosehead, Rangeley have some depth over 20’, unless you are talking only *mean depths.*
Same thing happened where I live. Was 4 or 5 Mexican men who did not know the area. People could hear them trying to get out but no one could get to them in time. Makes me sick to think about it. Horrible.
Hey, show me where I insulted them....