BAR HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — A man from Glen Ridge, N.J., fell to his death Monday at Acadia National Park.
Park officials said 68 year old Mark Simon, a summer resident of nearby Southwest Harbor, visited Acadia with his wife Monday night so he could photograph the sunset from a location off Ocean Path across from Old Soaker.
Simon's wife waited for him in their vehicle parked along Park Loop Road and became concerned after more than two hours had passed since he had left. She flagged down a passing park ranger vehicle around 9:30 p.m.
Park rangers located Simon's backpack at the top of a bluff and discovered that he had fallen approximately 40 feet to the edge of the water below. They were unable to reach him initially due to the steep terrain, and verbal contact was attempted but no response was returned.
Simon's body was recovered around 11:30 p.m. by the U.S. Coast Guard within 50 yards of the shore into Newport Cove. It's now with the Chief Medical Examiners' office, which will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
"Falls in Acadia are the number one source of injury for visitors. People should be sure to have the proper footwear, watch out for drop offs stay back from ledges be aware of wet spots or gravely spots that might be very slippery and just really pay attention," said John Kelly, Management Assistant at Acadia National Park.
While officials said the fall appears accidental, an investigation has been launched.