Sunday, August 23, 2009

You Must Have Respect for the Sea

For she has none for you. Hurricane Bill blamed in deaths in Maine, Fla.

People were swept off the rocks where they were "viewing" the waves caused by Hurricane Bill.
A rope closed off a viewing platform at Thunder Hole, but hundreds watched from nearby rocks, Kaiser said. Many people didn't even move when they were splashed by the waves and instead seemed to laugh it off, he said.
A wave, larger than average, dumped people into the 55 degree water.
At Acadia National Park, the waves swept over 20 people, Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam Sansoucie said. [Acadia National Park Chief Ranger Stuart] West said 11 people were taken to the hospital, mainly for broken bones after being slammed onto the rocks.
A 7-year-old girl died after being pulled out of the water.

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