June 18, 2018
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US Coast Guard, Maine officials rescue 6 from sea

The Associated Press

CAPE PORPOISE, Maine — The U.S. Coast Guard’s search and rescue chief for northern New England is praising the cooperation that led to the rescue of six people from an island off Cape Porpoise, Maine.

Officials say the operator of a 20-foot motorboat called the Coast Guard’s Portsmouth, N.H., station at about 11 p.m. Sunday to report they were taking on water after hitting a rock near Folly Island.

The Coast Guard and rescue crews from the Maine towns of Wells and Kennebunk were unable to reach the vessel because of rough weather and shallow water. The local fire departments used an inflatable boat to reach the vessel.

Two passengers were taken by Coast Guard helicopter to a Portsmouth hospital with minor injuries.

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