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Wednesday
Jul242013

Two Lost Hikers Die in Car Accident Minutes After Park Rescue

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ROQUE BLUFFS, Maine) -- Two hikers died in a car accident Tuesday night just minutes after being rescued in Roque Bluff State Park in Maine, the Kennebec Journal reports.

Amy Stiner, 37, and Melissa Moyer, 38, apparently drove off a boat landing and sank during a downpour of rain, according to the Journal.

Moyer -- who was five months pregnant -- and Stiner had been lost in the park and were assisted to their car by an off-duty firefighter.

After the women left the parking area, Stiner, who was behind the wheel, made a wrong turn.

“The end of the road becomes the boat landing and they just weren’t familiar with it,” Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith said. “It was foggy and rainy and they literally drove off the boat landing right into the water."

Stiner and Moyer called the Maine State Police from the car, Smith said. “They said they were in the water and the car was filling with the water. And then the phone just went dead,” Smith said.

According to Smith, while other cars have driven into the ocean in the same place, this was the first tragic accident.

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