KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (NECN) - The drowning deaths of two women from Maine on Tuesday has left many people wondering how it happened and whether they could have survived.
Police say 37 year old Amy Stiner and 38 year old Melissa Moyer were making their way home from Roque Bluffs State Park
when they took a wrong turn and ended up going down a road that leads directly to a boat ramp and into the ocean.
They made a desperate call to 9-1-1 before the line
disconnected and the car filled with water. Rescue crews found their bodies in the submerged mini-van about an hour later.
Their deaths are tragic and more common than you
may think. According to the founder of Lifesaving Resources, a water safety expert in Kennebunkport, Maine these types of accidents happen nearly fifteen hundred times a year and five hundred people lose their lives.
Gerald Dworkin says there are ways to be prepared, if people follow four steps: seatbelts off, windows open, children removed and get out of the vehicle. He also says all cars should have either a life hammer or a spring loaded window punch to help open windows. It's a twelve dollar tool that he says can save a life.