News in briefs from New England


Man is rescued from his sinking boat

The Coast Guard rescued a man from a grounded boat near the entrance of the Nantucket Channel early yesterday. At 10 p.m. Thursday, the Brant Point Coast Guard station received a radio call from a friend of the man captaining the 40-foot boat. The friend reported that the man’s vessel was aground on the Channel’s jetty and could not move, the Coast Guard said. The Coast Guard sent a 47-foot motor lifeboat to assist the boater, but the crew was unable to get close enough to rescue the man and called for the assistance of a helicopter. At midnight, the boat began to fill with water and quickly sank. The boat crew then threw a line to the man and pulled him on board. “The coxswain and crew’s initiative and quick actions to throw him the line definitely saved his life,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Matt James, officer in charge at the Coast Guard Nantucket station. “I am extremely proud of the crew for their actions, from the communication center to the crew of the 47.” No one was injured during the rescue operation. (Jamie lutz)



Three-alarm blaze blamed on cigarrete

A three-alarm fire in Gloucester late Thursday that seriously damaged two buildings was an accident caused by an errant cigarette, the local fire department said. Firefighters rushed to 1 and 3 Mansfield Street about 7:36 p.m., where the two buildings caught fire at the part of 1 Mansfield closest to the second house, said Fire Captain Phil Harvey. Both buildings are three stories high and mostly residential except for a wine-and-cheese store on the bottom floor of 1 Mansfield. All occupants of both buildings were evacuated before the firefighters arrived, though the department rescued two cats. It took firefighters until before 3:30 a.m. to control the fire. One resident and two firefighters were transported to Addison Gilbert Hospital for minor injuries, but all have since been released, Harvey said. Both houses suffered serious structural damage. jamie lutz



Man in pajamas robs bank, police say

A man robbed a bank in Scituate Thursday – in his pajamas. Police were called to Hingham Federal Credit Union on 9 Brook St. at 3:56 p.m., said Scituate Police Lieutenant Mike Stewart. The suspect handed the teller a note and did not show a weapon. The note indicated the suspect wanted 50- or 100-dollar bills and “no dye packs or you’re dead.” The man was wearing blue pajama hospital pants and a white sweatshirt with the words “Cape Cod” on the front, Stewart said. He was also wearing a wool ski hat with ear flaps. By the time officials arrived, the suspect had fled in a tan pickup truck driven by an accomplice. The incident is under investigation. amanda cedrone)


Vermont governor praises storm response

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, hailing the reopening of U.S Route 4, says Vermont’s efforts to repair roads since Tropical Storm Irene hit the state nearly three weeks ago make Hercules look like a wimp. Shumlin attended road opening celebrations on Friday in Mendon and Killington, two areas hit hard on Aug. 28, when the remnants of Hurricane Irene dumped torrential rains on Vermont. Transportation officials say travel is still slow in some areas, with roads reduced to one lane and traffic controlled by flaggers. (AP)



Dragon dance team to compete in China

Members of the Bryant University dragon dance team are taking part in an international dance competition in Shanghai this month. The Smithfield university says seven members of the team are set to leave Saturday for China, where they will be joined by two others for the World Dragon and Lion Dance Competition. The event is scheduled to take place Sept. 23 to 25. The university describes dragon dance as a combination of art and athletics in which team members bring “serpentine life” to a 54-foot tube of fabric that stretches out behind a decorative dragon head. Bryant says its team, which was formed two years ago, is the only one from North America to be competing in the tournament. (AP)