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Girl Dies After Wave Sweeps Maine Coast

The U.S. Coast Guard says a seven-year-old girl died after she and other onlookers were swept to sea by a large hurricane-generated wave at a national park in Maine.

The girl was dragged into the water at Acadia National Park by rough waves stirred up by Hurricane Bill. She was one of three people pulled from the water by Coast Guard workers.

Local news reports said about 20 people were swept into the water from a lookout point known as Thunder Hole, an inlet where rough waters can cause large sprays and noise that sounds like thunder. Most of the people made it safely back to shore.

Hurricane Bill was traveling northeast Sunday night, some 375 kilometers west of Cape Race, Newfoundland. Forecasters said it would soon to weaken into a tropical storm. The U.S. National Hurricane Center warned of large and dangerous storm swells in eastern Canadian waters.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.