Tragedy Strikes at Maine’s Beloved Lighthouse
In a shocking turn of events, eleven lighthouse enthusiasts found themselves in a perilous situation during an annual event celebrating Maine’s iconic beacons. The picturesque Doubling Point Lighthouse in Arrowsic became the site of a terrifying incident when its wooden walkway suddenly collapsed, sending visitors tumbling into the muddy flats below.
The unfortunate incident occurred on Saturday afternoon, just as the lighthouse was open to the public as part of Maine Open Lighthouse Day. This special day allows people to explore and appreciate the state’s scenic lighthouses up close.
Out of the eleven individuals affected by the collapse, five were rushed to nearby hospitals for medical attention. Bath Fire Department Deputy Chief Chris Cummings confirmed the extent of the injuries.
The incident occurred during low tide, causing some victims to fall a significant distance of eight to ten feet onto the rocky mudflats below. Multiple public safety departments swiftly responded to the scene, working together to provide aid and support.
“It was a true team effort,” stated Mr. Cummings, the Deputy Chief of the Bath Fire Department, located just a few miles away.
Despite the unfortunate turn of events, the Friends of Doubling Point Light, a dedicated group of lighthouse enthusiasts, remain determined to restore the beloved landmark. However, no specific timeline has been established for the repairs.
Visitors to the Friends of Doubling Point Light website were greeted with a message stating that the lighthouse is currently “closed to visitors until further notice.” The group has been actively collaborating with local authorities in the aftermath of the collapse.
Standing tall since the late 19th century, Doubling Point Lighthouse proudly overlooks the Kennebec River. Located in a quaint town of approximately 450 residents, about 40 miles up the coast from Portland, this lighthouse serves as an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. Its tower height of 23 feet may be shorter than others in the state, but its historical significance remains unparalleled.
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