Pleasure boat calls for help as it begins taking on water

Three people on board a pleasure boat that was sinking off Cape Porpoise were rescued Sunday afternoon by the Coast Guard.
Petty Officer Etta Smith said the Coast Guard station in South Portland received a distress call around 1:30 p.m. The cell phone caller reported that their 26-foot-long Bayliner was taking on water.

The three people aboard the vessel were told to put on life jackets while waiting for a crew, which arrived shortly after 2 p.m.

Smith said the boat was taking on water at about three gallons per minute. The crew employed a dewatering pump along with the boat’s bilge pumps to control the flooding.

The boat was towed safely to a local marina. No injuries were reported.

“The boaters in this case did the right thing by calling for help as soon as they realized they were in danger,” said Lt. Lisa Ceraolo, command duty officer for Coast Guard Sector Northern New England.


Oily rags blamed for fire that destroyed mobile home

A fire that destroyed a shed and mobile home Sunday night started when oily rags used to stain deck furniture spontaneously combusted, Gorham Fire Chief Robert Lefebvre said.

The owner of the property at 16 Forest Circle left the rags inside a shed, which was located about five feet from the home.
Two people lived in the home. They were not injured in the fire which was reported at 5:15 p.m.


Troop greeters to celebrate seventh season at airport

The Maine Troop Greeters organization marked its seventh anniversary of greeting troops at Bangor International Airport with an open house in its troop greeter room.

Over the years, group members have been at the airport for every military transport flight coming from and going overseas. In all, they’ve greeted more than 5,000 flights carrying more than 1 million troops.

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