Updated 08/25/2009 01:04 PM
Neighbors Mourn Loss Of Girl Killed By New England Wave
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Some Upper East Side residents are expressing shock and sorrow over the death of a seven-year-old girl from the neighborhood who was swept away by a wave in Maine this past weekend.
The girl has been identified as Clio Axilrod.
Coast Guard crews were called in to rescue Clio, her father, Peter Axilrod and a 12-year old girl Sunday afternoon at Acadia National Park.
They were among a group of spectators standing on a platform watching the strong surf churned up by Hurricane Bill. That's when a large wave came crashing down on them.
Clio Axilrod was pronounced dead two hours after she was brought out of the water.
Neighbors in the Axilrod's apartment building on East End Avenue say Clio was adored.
"Clio was the darling of the building. She was very well mannered. Always smiling. She was always dressed very perfectly. Always holding the hand of her mother," said neighbor Patricia Carreras.
"This is a terrible tragedy. This was the only child. She was the light of their lives. She was adored and very special," said neighbor Susan Sperber.
Neighbor Milton Meshell lost his son at a young age and said he can relate to what this family will be going through.
"I can assure them that they'll never forget her," said Meshell. "They'll miss her but life goes on."
Rangers at Acadia National Park say they tried to warn people about the strong surf.
Officials say Clio's parents were treated for their injuries in a hospital in Bangor, Maine and then transferred to an unspecified location.