Paddle boarders in distress rescued by Cape WETeam

Two female paddle boarders who reportedly were being swept out to sea were rescued Sunday night by members of the Cape Elizabeth WETeam – short for water extraction team.

A spokesman for the Coast Guard station in South Portland said the women were spotted around 6:30 p.m. at Kettle Cove, which is off Crescent Beach.

They were in distress and the emergency rescue team responded. The women were safely removed from the ocean within 15 minutes of the team’s arrival, according to the Coast Guard

No other details were available late Sunday.


Coast Guard calls off search for possible boat in distress

The Coast Guard suspended a search Sunday morning for a possible boat in distress in Frenchman’s Bay.

Command Duty Officer Matt Burt said the search was triggered by a report of a red flare distress signal Saturday night off Bar Harbor.

A 47-foot motor boat searched for several hours Saturday night. The search resumed Sunday morning with a boat and an airplane. The search failed to locate a boat in distress, and it was suspended after two hours.

Burt said the search would not resume unless there are new developments. It had not been resumed as of Sunday afternoon.


Maine Audubon seeking volunteers to survey roads

Maine Audubon is seeking volunteers to survey roads in the western part of the state for signs of wildlife crossings.

Officials say data collected by volunteers about where, when and how many animals cross roads is the first step in identifying ways to reduce wildlife road mortality.

Maine Audubon is looking for volunteers to survey sections of Routes 4, 16, 27 and 201. Doug Hitchcox, Maine Audubon staff naturalist, said the goal is to find areas of concentration of wildlife movement.

Since the program’s inception in 2010, more than 460 volunteers have reported more than 3,600 wildlife observations.


Western Avenue Armory hosts job fair for veterans

The Western Avenue Armory in Augusta will host a job fair Tuesday geared to military veterans.

The job fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and include 40 employers and career resource tables. The Maine Bureau of Human Resources, Maine Department of Labor, Maine Military & Community Network and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve are hosting the event.

Organizers say the event is geared toward veterans but is open to the public. They say it will be a chance for veterans and their families to learn about government job opportunities in security, law enforcement, engineering, transportation and other fields.

– From staff and news services