Thunder Hole rescue

ACADIA NAT’L PARK — An Ellsworth man was rescued by the Coast Guard after he fell 40 feet into the water near Thunder Hole around 7 p.m. Tuesday night, according to Acadia National Park officials.

“He was on the cliffs past Sand Beach,” said Christie Anastasia, public affairs specialist for the park. “He hit some rocks on the way down and somehow landed in the water.”

A person with the man called 911, reaching the Bar Harbor Police Department, who informed park officials.

Nicole Groll, a spokesperson for the U.S. Coast Guard, said the National Parks Service requested assistance from the Coast Guard, prompting a 29-foot response boat and crew to launch from Southwest Harbor for the rescue.

Anastasia said the Coast Guard responded in 15 minutes. The man was able to get onto nearby rocks while waiting for responders.

The Coast Guard sent a rescue swimmer in case the man could not get himself into the boat, but Anastasia said the man was able to get into the boat under his own power.

He was taken to Bar Harbor Town Pier, where paramedics were waiting.

Bar Harbor Fire Chief Matt Bartlett confirmed that the department responded with an ambulance and the man was in stable condition while being transported to Mount Desert Island Hospital.

Anastasia said the man was not transferred from the hospital, which could indicate a serious injury. The identity of the man, whom Anastasia described as “in his twenties,” was not known at press time.

“We need to remember that even though there isn’t snow and ice on the cliffs that they are still slippery,” Anastasia said.



Samuel Shepherd

Samuel Shepherd

Samuel Shepherd is a University of Maine graduate and a former Bar Harbor reporter for the Mount Desert Islander.
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