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New England news in brief

Portland, Maine

Two from fishing boat pulled from ocean

Two people were pulled unresponsive from the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday after a fishing boat’s automated emergency beacon was issued 45 miles southeast of Portland, the Coast Guard said. A Coast Guard rescue swimmer found an empty raft and two people face down in the water, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Zachary Hupp. The two were on the Kennebunkport-based fishing boat Hayley Ann when an automated distress signal alerted the Coast Guard to a problem. The boat had taken on water. The crew of another fishing boat pulled the people board after a Coast Guard rescue swimmer assessed the situation, Hupp said. The identities of the fishermen weren’t immediately released; a Coast Guard cutter was escorting the fishing boat back to shore. (AP)

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Taunton

Good Samaritans help rescue boys from river

Three people are being hailed as heroes after they helped to rescue two 14-year-old boys who had fallen through the ice on the Taunton River Thursday afternoon, public safety officials said. Kevin Boss, 54, of Taunton, was driving in the area of County and Ingell streets around 2 p.m., when he spotted one trying to swim ashore and the other trying to stay afloat, officials said. He pulled over, grabbed a rope from his vehicle, and ran toward the river. As he did, two school department workers, Nick DaCosta and Lynne Farina, also stopped to help the boys. Four Taunton police officers also responded and helped the trio pull the boys to safety. “Thankfully these boys weren’t seriously hurt and the people who stopped to help should be considered heroes,” said Fire Chief Timothy Bradshaw.

Boston

Emerson students hold vigil after swastikas seen

Dozens of students and staff attended a vigil at Emerson College Thursday following the discovery of four swastikas in a dormitory this week. Julie Avis Rogers, director of spiritual and religious life at Emerson, and Jake Freedman, the college’s adviser to Hillel, a Jewish student organization, led the late afternoon vigil held in the campus Spiritual Center. “We are mourning this act of anti-Semitism that has happened right here on our own Boston campus,” Rogers said. After a moment of silence, and Jewish prayers spoken in English, attendees were invited to share their thoughts on the discovery of the hate symbols on campus. Emerson officials have condemned the discovery of four swastikas discovered Tuesday in a stairwell at Piano Row, a residency hall. The vandalism is under investigation.

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