2 hikers get lost at Maine park, are rescued, then accidentally drive car into ocean and drown

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  • Updated: July 24, 2013 - 3:15 PM

ROQUE BLUFFS, Maine — A pregnant Maine woman and her friend visiting from Pennsylvania got lost hiking and were rescued but died later that evening, authorities said, when they accidentally drove their car into the ocean in the nighttime fog.

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carlbsJul. 25, 1310:52 AM

I know it's hard to empathize if you haven't been there, but how could they not roll down the windows and escape. I mean if your life depended on it? Even a submerged battery will still operate the windows. Called from a cell phone? Really? That being said, I feel bad for the families.

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mfredricJul. 25, 13 5:48 PM

Once under water, the pressure from outside is more than enough to prevent the windows from being rolled down (presuming electric windows), even with full power. You may have only seconds before being submerged enough. After that your only hope is to break the glass from inside. Thus why many carry a hammer in the vehicle. A sad story here of course.

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cmacklin13Jul. 25, 1310:10 PM

While indeed sad, I just don't understand how one can drown in only 20 ft of water off a boat ramp. You would know immediately you hit water, plenty time to escape. Think of the folk who escaped being dropped off the 35w bridge. If you act quickly, you can get out.

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zkat5zugJul. 26, 13 9:35 AM

I think many of you don't understand the circumstances. You cannot imagine the panic and fear that most people experience in this situation. I have seen tests where knowledgeable, experienced people have been submerged in cars (with divers nearby in the water) and they sometimes have difficulty getting out. It was dark and these women were completely surprised. The two options are to immediately get the windows down or break them if you have a hammer, and allow the car to fill with water so that the water level is the same inside the car as outside, or if the windows can't be opened, wait for the car to submerge and fill up with water. You have to keep your head above water till the last second, then hold your breath and wait for the pressure to stabilize, then open the door. And somehow manage to remain calm while doing this. I guarantee you this is very difficult even with practice and in a controlled situation. In a panic situation, your odds are not good.

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zkat5zugJul. 26, 13 9:39 AM

One other point. The assumption that you can open the door right way is incorrect. I guess if you knew you were about to enter water and had your hand on the door you could do it, but within seconds you're going to have water coming in. It only takes a few inches of water to create enough pressure on the outside of the door to keep it from being opened. Most people would be so shocked that by the time they realized what had just happened, there's already plenty of water inside. Hopefully this tragedy will be helpful to someone else.

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