Maine Hikers Drown In Ocean One Hour After Being Rescued From Woods

By iScienceTimes Staff on July 25, 2013 5:01 PM EDT

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Two Maine hikers drowned after accidentally driving into the Atlantic Ocean in Roque Bluffs State Park. (Photo: Washington County Sheriff')

Two Maine hikers who got lost in a state park were found by a rescue team, only to drive into the Atlantic Ocean and die just one hour later.

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The Maine hikers, Amy Stiner, 37, of Machias, Maine, and Melissa Moyer, 38, of Sunbury, Pa., were found dead in their van about 175 feet from the shore of Roque Bluffs State Park, in Roque Bluffs. Stiner was five months pregnant.

The Maine hikers first got lost when a heavy downpour disoriented them as they hiked in the park. Daylight was fading, and Moyer called for help, which was answered by a Wayne Hansom, a firefighter and member of Sunrise Search & Rescue.

After Hansom dropped the two hikers off at Stiner's minivan, the women began driving out of the park at about 9:00 PM. The fog was heavy as they drove, and Stiner took a wrong turn, which led to a boat ramp and into the water.

The two Maine hikers, along with a dog, drowned in the van.

"It appears they went the wrong direction and drove off the ramp," Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith said. "If you don't know the area, in the fog and rain it wouldn't be a difficult thing to do." Smith described the state park as "dark as a pocket."

"They called on the phone that they were in the water and the car was filling up. Then the phone went dead," Smith said. "An hour later, the deputies found the car."

Smith does not think that alcohol or drugs contributed to the two Maine hikers' accident, but blood tests will be conducted.

This isn't the first time people have driven into the ocean at that spot, according to the Portland Press Herald, though this was the first fatality from it. 

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