Pregnant Woman & Her Friend Drown Just Hours After Being Rescued From a Bad Hike

pregnant woman drownsA pregnant woman and her friend have both drowned after one of the women accidentally drove their car off a boat dock and into the ocean in Maine. It happened during a very foggy night, just hours after the two women had to be rescued from a hike by an off-duty firefighter who found them and gave them a ride back to their car in the heavy downpour.

Amy Stiner, 37, and Melissa Moyer, 38, called 911 in a panic as their car filled up with water, but it was apparently too late. The phone went dead. Authorities found the car submerged an hour later. Both women were dead, presumably drowned. It's made all the more tragic by the fact that Stiner was five months pregnant.

How did this happen? Apparently they got lost in the fog and turned right instead of left. Left would have led them back to town. Right went into the ocean.

I can only imagine how these women felt. They were probably cold and wet and exhausted from getting lost. They probably thought they were safe. It's just an insane tragedy.

Moyer was the mother of one 12-year-old son who now has no mother. If you have never been to Maine, it might be hard to imagine how this could happen, but as someone who has lived a good portion of my life in the state, let me assure you, it's easy to imagine.

The fog is dense and can make it very hard to see. It's disorienting. Perhaps the saddest part of the story is that Stiner had gone to Maine to become an organic farmer and to raise a family with her husband. It was a new spot for her and she was happy and outdoorsy and surely would have raised a healthy, happy child.

Now she never will. As a pregnant mom myself, this story haunts me. We do all we can to protect our unborn babies. We eat right, we exercise, we avoid activities that would possibly cause injury. But one wrong turn can change everything. I can only imagine the fear and panic they must have experienced.

My heart goes out to both of the families of these women. It's just so senseless.

Can you imagine what you might have done in this situation?


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Brain... BrainyMommy

I would have broken out the window with the special tool I carry with me just for this purpose. Every driver should have one. I grew up in FL where people often drive into canals.

sylph... sylph_ironlight

This is why in extreme fog, you roll your window down so you can hear things around you.Sad :(

Foley... Foleygirl24

Brainymommy- I have one of those too. It's a 3-in-1 seatbelt cutter/window breaker/flashlight. I agree everyone should have one. It can actually be very difficult to get out of a car filling with water, and a lot of times electric windows stop working once the panel gets wet. Mythbusters did a show about exactly this. It was interesting.

Rachel Lee Gott

Even though I was born in Colorado, I am a Maine raised girl.  This is one of the saddest stories in the area...  Vacationland... yes, our state is beautiful, but travelers, or people new to the area really need to pay attention to the weather.  The weather and terrain here can make for disastorous situations, even for those that have never left the state.  Hit the gift shops if the weather's bad!!!  My thoughts go out to these families involved.

nonmember avatar chris

My heart goes out to those families...may they rest in peace

dtm1491 dtm1491

So sad to be given that second chance and have it lost like that.

Jojo8274 Jojo8274

I knew the one girl that died, she is from my area.  Missy was a loved by everyone and will be terribly missed.

Sheri Michelle Ebner

This makes my heart hurt, sending prayers for the families, this is so sad. :(

Darle... DarlenaCater

I couldn't a manage this happening God bless them and their family's

nonmember avatar Me

I read somewhere that if you cant open the window, you need to wait until the car is full of water, then its easy to open the door. Im not sure how easy it would be to sit in a car thats filling up with water but thats what they say.. I saw that mythbusters thing too. Its good to know these things, just in case

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