Coast Guard searching for two missing after rogue wave

BOSTON — The Coast Guard is searching for two missing people after a rogue wave struck Thunder Hole about five miles South of Bar Harbor, Maine, in Acadia National Park.

Nine people were taken to the hospital and three more were plucked from the water.

Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat, and the crew pulled two people out of the water around 1:05 p.m. A third person was later located and pulled from the water by the lifeboat crew.

Additionally, the Coast Guard has a Falcon jet and Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod on scene.

The Maine Marine Patrol is assisting with searching the water, and the National Park Service is conducting a shoreline search.

“Current sea conditions can be a challenge when conducting a search,” said Capt. James McPherson, sector commander at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England.

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One Comment

  1. Liz says:

    After having visited Acadia National Park last week, and standing on the viewing platform at Thunder Hole, it is easy for me to understand how ferocious waves could cause this kind of tragedy.

    Shouldn’t that section of the Park be closed off when tides are expected to be dangerously high?