Rogue Hurricane Bill Wave Kills Young Girl

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 23, 2009 7:35 PM CDT
Rogue Hurricane Bill Wave Kills Young Girl
This National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite image taken Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009 at 4:01 a.m EDT shows Hurricane Bill in the Atlantic Ocean.    ((AP Photo/NOAA))

(Newser) – The Coast Guard says a 7-year-old girl has died after a large wave stirred up by Hurricane Bill swept her and two others off a rocky ledge at Acadia National Park in Maine. A Maine official says the girl's name isn't being released but that she was from New York state. The girl was one of three people plucked from the water by rescuers. The other two were a man and a 12-year-old girl who were hospitalized.

The hurricane was also blamed for the death of a 54-year-old swimmer yesterday in Florida. Lifeguards there also rescued a handful of other swimmers believed to have suffered spinal injuries. Along Nova Scotia's Atlantic coast, the storm delivered steady downpours, forcing flight cancellations and killing power for 40,000 people. The center of the hurricane was about 230 miles west of Newfoundland, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, and it was moving northeast at 35 mph. (Read more Hurricane Bill stories.)

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