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Two Hikers Die In ‘Acadia National Park’, March 19, 2021 — Falling 100′ From Icy ‘Dorr Mountain’.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access coverage (shown above) from ‘News Center Maine’


Click to ENLARGE. Yes, my work. SMILE.


Click image to access my 2019 post. This is the LAST death at Acadia that I was aware of. But, that means nothing.


I belong to a ‘Maine Hiking‘ group on Facebook & as such heard about this long before it got to the media. SHAME. Us year-around hikers can relate — THOUGH I, in my dotage, tend to stay clear of dangerous icy hikes, just restricting myself to less-risky tracks. SMILE.

Shame.

I have never done Dorr — named after George B. Dorr, the so called ‘Father of Acadia National Park‘.

I used to TRY to keep track of deaths at Acadia. But, I live too far away. So, I only get to hear the more ‘notorious’ ones — such as this. I think it averages out to about 5 a year, though the Park Service refuses to count any that happen outside the LEGAL borders of the park, e.g., drownings at sea EVEN if they fell from Park property.

Well, I just wanted to let you know. Hopefully all the ice & snow will be gone, from the main trails, by end of next week. So, be careful.


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Drowning Death At ‘Acadia National Park’, April 11, 2019.

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From ‘Mount Desert Islander’, Maine.

Click to ENLARGE. Use link above to access the MDI original.


Click to ENLARGE. From ‘Google Maps’ — where else?


An area that we are extremely familiar with. ‘Schooner Head overlook‘ is probably our favorite spot in Acadia. Invariably our first stop. So, we can identify.

It would appear that it was accidental, but they are not sure. He seems to have gone to the overlook ahead of Monday’s snowstorm. I can understand. We have watched storms in Acadia.

Shame. And the 2019 Season hasn’t even started.


I at Schooner Head overlook in 2014.


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Another Accident Involving The “Chart Room Restaurant” Outside Of ‘Acadia National Park’ — March 1, 2018.

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From the outstanding ‘Mount Desert ISLANDER

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“The Chart Room” is a well-known landmark just a few miles prior to the MAIN Hulls Cove entrance to the Acadia National Park. Click to ENLARGE. Created by Anura Guruge.



Thursday, March 1, 2018.

This was NOT a serious accident, unlike the one in September 14, 2017, that killed an elderly pedestrian in “Chart Room Restaurant” parking lot.

This was ahead of the approaching storm and as far as I can tell there was no bad weather involved.

For the Island, Mount Desert, this is a busy stretch of road. I do NOT think the restaurant was open. Not much open up there this time of year.


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The Tragic Kansas “Swatting” Shooting — Where Was 911 “Caller ID”?

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Click to ENLARGE. From CNN. Google “swatting” for CNN article & MUCH more.


This is so sad and tragic. What a shame. An innocent life lost — and he was UNARMED. It is NO consolation, but it is an huge indictment on current society, that some of us are just ‘relieved’ that he wasn’t black … because that would just make matters worse. A shame. A shame.

I, however, have had a nagging question from the moment I managed to work out what happened and UNDERSTOOD that it was a FAKE CALL.

What happened to CALLER ID?

Caller ID is the first thing that pops up, at the ‘Emergency Center‘, when you make a 911 call.

Did Caller Id indicate it was a California number? If so it is possible that they assumed that it might have been a cell phone.

Wouldn’t they — shouldn’t they — have been a bit more cautious IF it was an out-of-state Caller ID or if Caller ID had been blocked?

I have NOT heard anybody address this.

I really would like to hear what attention was paid to the Caller ID.

Wouldn’t you.


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Elderly Pedestrian Killed Just Outside ‘Acadia National Park’, September 12, 2017 — “Chart Room Restaurant” Parking Lot.

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From the outstanding ‘Mount Desert ISLANDER

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“The Chart Room” is a well-known landmark just a few miles prior to the MAIN Hulls Cove entrance to the Acadia National Park. Click to ENLARGE. Created by Anura Guruge.



As far as I know, and as far as I can tell, this is the only fatal accident anywhere close to Acadia National Park in 2017 — so far. The prior major accident, on July 11, 2017, was non-fatal. Prior to that was the motorcycle crash, on Cadillac Mountain, September 4, 2016.

To be fair this was NOT inside the Park but it is as close to the Park as you can get without actually being inside. As you can see in the report, Park Rangers were at the accident to handle traffic.

Well known landmark. Hard to miss. Always crowded.

We were, of course, at Acadia over the Labor Day Weekend, this year — as we have since 2013. Traffic was crazy a couple of times BUT no accidents as far as I heard.


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Non-Fatal Car Crash At ‘Acadia National Park’ July 7, 2017 — 7 In Honda Odyssey, Minor Injuries.

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From the oustanding ‘Mount Desert ISLANDER

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Anura Guruge Acadia Park accident map

Where the accident happened, 0.5 miles south of the entrance to Cadillac Mountain Road. Van was heading northbound towards Bar Harbor.


We had been there just 10-days earlier — in a 7-seater van, in our case a Nissan Quest as opposed to a Honda Odyssey.

I feel for them. Great testimonial Honda that they plunged 30′ feet down an embankment and only the 60-old driver suffered any injuries and even those were slight. Good job they didn’t hurt or kill anyone. Falling asleep at the wheel — just after noon! Possible that they got up early that morning to drive up from Boxborough, Mass., and that he was tired. Not good.


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Another Death At ‘Acadia National Park’ — Fatal Motorbike Crash, On ‘Cadillac Mountain’, September 4, 2016.

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From ‘Mount Desert Islander’, Maine.

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Use link above to access original. Click image to ENLARGE and read here.



From ‘Bangor Daily News’, Maine.

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Use link above to access original. Click image to ENLARGE and read here.


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From Google Maps. “Cadillac Mountain Summit Road”. Click to ENLARGE. From what I can determine the fatal crash happened around this area.


We were actually in Acadia when this accident happened. But we were on the other side of the Island, i.e., the western side, heading towards “Long Pond“, at the time. We drove past the entrance to “Cadillac Mountain Summit Road” around 10:30pm but everything was long gone. On Monday, September 5, 2016, we did drive up around 3:45pm for our customary jaunt around the Summit but we didn’t see any signs of the accident from the day before.


His Facebook page, with pictures of his bike, is still up
(Wednesday, September 7, 2016).

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Rare Death At Acadia National Park — Just Ahead Of July 8, 2016 Centennial.

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From ‘WMTW8‘ TV in Portland, Maine.

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>> Refer to this, June 8, 2016 post for the Fatal Fall at Acadia a month ago <<

Two deaths so close together is unusual in that Acadia averages but
a couple a year‘.

That the Park Service has accepted this as being ‘in the Park’
is telling. They are very reluctant to do so.
Folks that fall into the ocean from the Park
are NOT counted as Park-related fatalities!

Not all of “Echo Lake” is within the Park
(as you can see from map below).

That would have been quite a swim —
whether across or lengthwise.
If the water was cold you were asking for trouble.


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“Echo Lake”, Mount Desert Island, Maine. Note that 60% is outside of the Park. [From “Google Maps”, of course.] Click to ENLARGE.


Click image for details about July 8, 2016 centennial of ‘Acadia’ — then NOT called as such — becoming a “National Monument”.


Echo Lake“, as it happens, is one of areas of Acadia associated with Nude Bathing;
i.e., it is said to have some Nude Beaches.


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Deaths In Acadia National Park — There Is A Blog Just On This Topic.

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Click image to access this Google ‘blogspot’ blog by J.R. Libby.


I found out about this blog when it’s author, J.R. Libby kindly left a comment against my June 8, 2016 posts about the ‘Fatal Fall At Acadia‘.

Interesting. I am, however, struck by the paucity of incidents. I expected to see at least two per year. I will have to check with the author. Not sure how comprehensive this is. But a good start.

Thank YOU Mr. Libby.


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Fatal Fall At ‘Acadia National Park’ — One Of The ‘Few’ Deaths Each Year.

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From ‘WCSH6‘ TV in Portland, Maine.

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From Google Maps. Mount Desert Island. Click to ENLARGE. Area where he fell is marked. From ‘Google Maps’, of course — who else.


We can, of course, relate to this. Though not funny, both kids on hearing this news from Deanna, ‘commented’ that that could have been ‘Dad’. Yes, we have clamoured about the rocks in this very scenic area to take pictures. Devanee had a fall just above ‘Sandy Beach’ last September. So this was ‘close to home’.

On our second visit to Acadia in June 2014 I had asked some Park Rangers as to what the casualty figures were for Acadia. They were reluctant to comment but in the end admitted that it was around a ‘couple a year’. But they pointed out that those were deaths that occurred within the Park. They did not count those that fell into the Ocean — even if it was from the Park! So per the National Park Service this death will NOT count as having happened in the Park. He would have died when he fell into the Ocean and that is outside of the Park.

This picture taken during our June 2015 visit is from roughly that area. Click to ENLARGE.


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