Car Flooded by Rising Tide on Bar

Lobsterman Stevie Burns gives Bar Harbor harbormaster Charlie Phippen a ride to check out a submerged Nissan on the Bar Island bar on July 8.

BAR HARBOR — For the third time this year emergency crews were called to the Bar Island sand bar to remove a car inundated by the rising tide.

On Friday afternoon police received a report of that a 2002 Nissan sedan was parked on the bar with water up past the floor boards.

No one was in the vehicle at the time. The car was owned by a couple from Rockport, Maine.

The rising salt water apparently affected the vehicle’s electrical system and the electronic lock holding the trunk closed malfunctioned. With police permission a couple from visitors from Michigan waded out to see if they could save anything from the trunk. They placed a few items in a shopping bag and returned the 100 feet to shore.

A tow truck driver from MDI Towing waded out and immersed himself up to his neck to attack a cable to the car so it could be pulled to shore.

Police also ordered another car, a rental with Massachusetts plates, parked just below the high tide mark at the end of Bridge Street towed as well before the water could damage it.

On the night of July 4 a vehicle left behind by fireworks watchers ended up flooded by the tide. In April, a Maine Game Warden used his truck to rescue another vehicle.

A sign at the end of Bridge Street warns motorists that the gravel bar connecting Bar Island and downtown Bar Harbor is under water at high tide.

For more of the latest news, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander.

Earl Brechlin

Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.

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