Couple Lost in Apple Orchard Calls 911


Mark and Marcia Rosenthal of Boston, Mass., got lost while apple-picking at Honey Pot Orchard in Stow, Mass., Oct. 22,2011. (Courtesy Honey Pot Hill Orchard)

There must be something in the water in Massachusetts this year.

For the second time in a month, police have responded to a 911 call from a couple stranded — and lost — on a farm outing. This time, the rescue appeal came from an apple orchard.

When Mark and Marcia Rosenthal of Boston went apple-picking on the afternoon of  Oct. 22, they didn’t expect it to end with a rescue.

According to the farm’s owner, the two wandered too from their parked car at Honey Pot Orchard in Stow, and as night began to fall, they became frightened  that they wouldn’t be able to find their way back. The Rosenthals called the Orchard’s main line, but when no one answered, they called 911.

Police arrived at the orchard’s entrance and told the owners about the problem, directing them to a landmark where the  couple was waiting  to be rescued. Julie Martin-Sullivan, who owns the family business with her brother, said they sent workers right out to pick up the Rosenthals.

“So my brother drove out in one of our buggies to pick them up, and the gentleman was being funny and said, “So how many rescues a year?” And my brother replied, ‘Well, through 85 years of business, none.”

Martin-Sullivan said the orchard is about 200 acres, and the Rosenthals had wandered about a half-mile or three-quarters-of-a-mile from where their car was parked.

“You know, we have a hedge maze too. So we said to them after, ‘We have a hedge maze and we’re not gonna let you in,” Martin-Sullivan joked. “He was a comical guy.”

Mark Rosenthal had been an on-air meteorologist for a Boston news station for many years, Martin-Sullivan noted.

Earlier this month, police rescued a family lost in a corn maze in Danvers, Mass.