Ford Bronco Finally Rescued From Bar Harbor Sand Bar After 3 Days
Day 3 update - Les Foss from Island Towing was finally able to rescue the Ford Bronco from the Bar Harbor mud flats Monday afternoon after the Ford Bronco had spent 3 days completely submerged.
A diver went and used airbags and a boat and skiff floated the Ford Bronco down to the Sand Bar on Monday morning.
Once the tide went out on Monday afternoon, Foss was able to go and retrieve the vehicle.
The rescue efforts drew a crowd to the access road Monday morning, with Bar Harbor Police shutting down the party, where amplified music such as the Theme from Titanic was being played while the vehicle was floated to the Bar. Once the vehicle was above the Bar the airbags were deflated and the vehicle floated onto the Bar, awaiting Foss and low tide.
Day 2 p.m. Update - Despite the valiant efforts of the team, the Atlantic Ocean and the sand didn't want to give up their grip on the Ford Bronco!
According to Les Foss the owner of Island Towing, they were able to pull it about 100 feet, but the sand is too soft. All the wheels are locked and the Bronco is too heavy to drag. The plan now is to have a diver with airbags return at low tide on Monday morning which is at 6:29 a.m. The hope is then that they will be able to float it out at the high tide which is at 12:39 p.m.
Check out photos from Sunday's efforts. Thanks to Emilie Jagot for the photos.
Day 2 Update - The early Easter Sunday morning attempt to pull the White Ford Bronco from the sandbar failed, with the 3-inch tow rope snapping. Check out the video of the car and at the end, the attempted removal
Les Foss the owner of Island Towing tells me they'll be back tonight. Low tide on Sunday is at 5:45 p.m. They'll be back with 2 trucks and winches on the backs in the hope to extricate it.
It always seems to happen... A tourist doesn't believe the old adage that what goes out must come back in. It just normally doesn't happen this early in the season. But... a 2021 White Ford Bronco is trapped on the Bar with the tide coming in.
The car had New Jersey plates
Low tides today, on Saturday, April 16 were at 5:18 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. This photo was taken at 6:20 p.m. Hopefully Island Towing or Acadia Towing will be able to hook onto the car and salvage it before Mother Nature claims it.
And just so you know there are warning signs but just because a warning sign is there doesn't mean that a driver will read it.
Update 7 p.m. Saturday, April 16th - I spoke with Les Foss from Island Towing. He was unable to hook on the car. He'll be going back at the next low tide which is at 6 a.m. on Sunday, April 17th to tow it out.