BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine — Local and county first responders who helped to save a woman’s life in April on a remote beach in Sagadahoc County were honored Thursday afternoon in a ceremony at Coast Guard Station Boothbay Harbor.
Coast Guard Lt. Nick Barrow said a 45-year-old woman from Wiscasset had been missing since about noon on April 7 when local officials spotted her car late that night at Hunnewell Beach, which is close to Popham Beach State Park.
They also saw footprints on the beach close to the water line and surmised that she may have entered the water.
Thanks to the efforts of multiple agencies, a Coast Guard rescue swimmer found her in the beach’s “surf zone” at about 3 a.m., and she was transported by Jayhawk helicopter to Maine Medical Center.
Although the woman nearly succumbed to hypothermia, she was treated at the hospital and released the following day in good condition, Barrow said in a press release.
Sen. Susan Collins and Vice Adm. Robert Parker, the commander of the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area, both attended the ceremony.
Officials from the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department, Phippsburg Police and Fire departments, Maine Marine Patrol, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department and Knox County Sheriff’s Department were given Coast Guard Certificates of Appreciation for their efforts that day and night, Barrows said.
The Coast Guard has had more than 2,000 cases in the region that have benefited from the support of local, county and state agencies, he said.
“They put boats in the water, put boots on the beach for shoreline searches, all sorts of things,” he said. “We don’t always get the opportunity to recognize them.”