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Buoy line was wrapped around lower jaw

BOSTON — Members of a marine entanglement emergency team have released a minke whale that had become entangled in fishing gear about ten miles outside Boston Harbor.

A spokeswoman said experts from the Provincetown-based Center for Coastal Studies released the animal on Friday afternoon. Whale researchers located the entangled whale while in the area earlier in the week.

The juvenile whale had a buoy line wrapped tightly around its lower jaw. Experts from the Marine Animal Entanglement Response team returned to the location on Friday and saw the whale swimming in large circles, indicating that it was anchored in place by the fishing gear.

The spokeswoman said the whale swam off after members of the emergency response team cut the line.


USS Vandergrift contacted the sailboat around 4 p.m. Saturday 900 miles from land

A family stranded in the middle of the ocean has boarded a Navy frigate tasked with saving them and a sick baby. NBC 7′s Diana Guevara has the latest updates.

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A San Diego family and their seriously ill baby, who were stuck on a sailboat  hundreds of miles off the Mexico coast, have boarded a Navy rescue ship Sunday morning, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

USS Vandegrift arrived near the sailboat at 1 a.m. and waited until first light to rescue the family.

Around 8 a.m., sailors used an inflatable boat to bring the infant, family and four California Air National Guard pararescumen aboard the Vandergrift.

Two weeks ago, Eric and Charlotte Kaufman, along with their 1-year-old and 3-year-old daughters, set sail on an around-the-world journey.

But Thursday, they set out a satellite distress call, saying the youngest girl had become violently sick. On top of that, their boat had lost its steering and communication abilities.

In a large coordinated effort, the California Air National Guard’s 129th Rescue Wing worked with the Navy to send four pararescuemen, who jumped from a plane into the ocean and climbed aboard the Rebel Heart to treat the girl.

By Saturday, they said the baby’s condition had stabilized while they waited for further transportation from the Vandergrift.

According to a Facebook post from Charlotte’s sister, Sariah English, the Navy frigate made contact with the family just after 4 p.m. Saturday.

USS Vandergrift stayed about five miles from the boat through Saturday night as its crew planned how to get the family off the boat.

“The bottom line is the safety and security of not only the family members that are on board, but also of all the personnel that are involved to save the infant. That is paramount,” said 2nd Lt. Roderick Bersamina with the 129th Rescue Wing.

The family reportedly was given one trip to get their things off the boat – as much as they can carry — before they left it behind in the ocean.

They did not sink the Rebel Heart; instead, they tagged it and let it float along.

The Kaufmans should return to San Diego on Monday, English said. They requested to stay at a Navy base hotel and then travel to New Mexico, where English lives.

Because the family will have to abandon most of their possessions, English is working with friends in San Diego to collect donations to give the Kaufmans when they arrive.

It’s unclear what caused the baby to fall ill. English told NBC 7 that she had diarrhea, fevers, and a large rash and had been vomiting.

In a post on her blog, Charlotte had said on March 11 that both she and her 1-year-old daughter had tested positive for salmonella.

Officials have not announced where they are taking the baby to be treated.


Man falls through ice on Cocheco River

DOVER, N.H. — A 911 call is being credited with saving a man’s life Friday after he fell into an icy river.

Senior citizens in a high-rise spotted the man’s head peaking out of a hole in the ice on the Cocheco River, called 911, and the victim was pulled to safety minutes later.

Rescuers said the man was trying to walk across the river Friday afternoon and thought it was frozen solid.

“Residents of a nearby elderly housing complex looked out their back window and saw this guy neck deep in the water, through a hole in the ice, basically with his arms out, trying to hold himself up (and) calling for help,” Dover Police Department Capt. Paul Haas said.

Dover police arrived first. They tried to help the victim from a footbridge.

“They were able to lower a rope down from the footbridge, about 40 feet down, where the gentleman was through the ice and actually get him to secure the rope around his body, so he was hanging onto that when we got there,” Haas said.

Dover firefighters, who just held ice rescue training two weeks ago, suited up to go in, including firefighter Craig Comeau. The rescue workers also fell through the ice.

“I told him my name, I got his name, and I just let him know that I was there, and I was going to grab a hold of him, and the suit would hold us up, and we weren’t going to sink. We were going to get him out of the water,” Comeau said.

Rescuers dragged the man safely to shore. He was hypothermic but stabilized at the hospital.

Rescue workers said they remember hearing applause coming from the senior citizens who called 911.

“Someone falls through the ice, you don’t have a lot of time, so he certainly, probably, had someone looking over his shoulder,” Haas said.


Injuries not life-threatening, officials say 

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Firefighters in Foxborough rescued two men who fell into a reservoir while ice fishing on Sunday, officials say.

The men were ice fishing at Neponset Reservoir when they fell through the ice, firefighters said. A woman tried to rescue them, but then called 911 after she fell through the ice trying to get to the men.

Both men were in the water for about 10 to 15 minutes before being rescued, officials said. A 41-year-old man whose body temperature dropped was taken to a Boston hospital by a medical helicopter that landed at a Gillette Stadium practice field, according to firefighters. A man in his 60s was transported to Norwood Hospital.

Neither man’s injuries are considered life-threatening.

“I don’t know what they’re doing out there on the ice,” Foxborough Fire Capt. Thomas Buckley said. “If you walk out there you’ll see that half the ice is gone.”


Animal found alone in Brockton 

WEYMOUTH, Mass. — A tiny red fox brought into New England Wildlife Center from Brockton needs some adopted kin if it’s going to survive and thrive in the wild.

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“The cuteness factor is huge, but I have to just back it into a little bit of reality. She came in with three dead puppies,” said Dr. Greg Mertz, of the New England Wildlife Center.

The baby red fox arrived earlier this week — alone and orphaned. Its mother was hit and killed by a car.

An animal control officer from Brockton found the den nearby.

“There were four kits all together, and three of them were already dead. And she was in really rough shape. And so when she came to the door, she wasn’t cute,” Mertz said.

Mertz said the animal is about 1-month-old. By four months old, it should be back in the wild.

“It belongs in the wild,” Mertz said.

But right now, it also belongs with another fox, a surrogate sibling, and without one the prognosis is bleak.

“For a singleton fox, what we really need is a twin. We need another baby fox in this mix because then the foxes will focus on each other,” Mertz said.

The New England Wildlife Center is working with its animal network to identify other orphaned foxes.

“They need to learn how to behave. They need to learn what they need to do to gather their food, to be protected,” Mertz said.


Sgt. Marc Proia arrives in time to save truck driver

LOWELL, Mass. — A Westford police sergeant pulled an injured man from the path of the man’s rolling truck after a crash Tuesday morning.

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Sgt. Marc Proia said was called to Robinson Road at about 9:20 a.m. after a recycling truck hit a telephone pole, The Lowell Sun reported.

A neighbor started screaming that the truck was rolling. Proia pulled the man by his arms out of harm’s way, the newspaper reported.

The truck then struck Proia’s cruiser.

The man was being treated for his injuries.


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A mountain climber is recovering after a serious fall near Linville Gorge in Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina on Monday. A helicopter rescue saved the climber’s life.

The 23-year-old climber tumbled approximately 50 feet while climbing Shortoff Mountain, a spot known for its rough terrain. A group of people saw him fall and called for help.

Rescuers were unable to reach him by foot. The National Guard sent a Black Hawk helicopter with a four-person crew. By the time it arrived, the man had been clinging to a small ledge on the side of the mountain for more than three hours.

The rescue played out on live television. As the helicopter hovered above, rescuers were able to reach the injured dehydrated man. They attached him to a backboard and hoisted him 150 feet into the helicopter.

The climber was stable and talking, but in pain, Chris Hendricks, operations supervisor of Gaston, N.C., Emergency Medical Services said. He added, “He was hurting pretty good.”

The climber was flown to Mission Health in Asheville, N.C., about 60 miles away. The severity of his injuries is unknown.

Capt. Darrell Scoggins, commander of Black Hawk Company, said, “We pulled him out of a sticky situation, and we were just happy we could be there and help him.”


Firefighter: “We’re here to serve the people…”

Heavy snow throughout the day made the trip difficult, so he got out of the apparatus to help her across the street.

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MANCHESTER, N.H. —A photo of a local firefighter’s act of kindness during Thursday’s storm is going viral.

Firefighter Tom Faucher, who was assigned to Manchester Fire Department’s Engine 6 during the storm, saw an elderly woman having difficulty crossing Elm Street on Thursday afternoon. Heavy snow throughout the day made the trip difficult, so he got out of the apparatus to help her across the street.

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Faucher said it was a collaborative effort between everyone on the engine. His commanding officer was the first to notice she was having a problem crossing the street, and the engine’s driver positioned the truck so Faucher could safely help her across the street.

“The lady seemed to be having some trouble getting up the road,” he said. “She had stopped at a snow bank right at Elm Street. I just asked her how her day was going and (asked) ‘How much further to you have to walk?’ and she said, ‘I’m doing good. I just got to get back across the street and I’ll get on my way.’”

Faucher, who has been on the fire department for a year and a half, said he’s a little surprised by all the attention.

“It’s just something we don’t expect,” Faucher said. “We come to work every day. We’re here to serve the public. … I just told her to have a nice day and obviously if she needs anything, just give us a call.”

The lieutenant inside the fire engine gave the order to stop traffic.

“Whether we’re on duty or off duty, I assume everybody would do the same thing, help somebody out when they need a hand,” Lt. Steve DesRuisseaux said.

People watching nearby snapped a few pictures, which went viral online.

An off-duty firefighter also noticed from the window of his apartment and snapped some photographs. Firefighters below didn’t realize the moment was being captured on camera.

There was no word on the woman’s name.


Devin Pesce got tangled in rope, pulled overboard

HARPSWELL, Maine — A 19-year-old lobsterman dragged overboard into the frigid ocean waters off York County is alive and expected to survive thanks to his dad and another crew member.

Devin Pesce of Lisbon Falls was pulled into the water Wednesday morning when his ankle got tangled in rope as the crew was dropping traps.

Lucky Oppedisano, who was on the boat along with Pesce’s father, Dan, tells the Portland Press Herald the teen was under for several minutes before he was pulled back aboard. The Coast Guard said the water temperature was about 38 degrees.

Oppedisano says Devin Pesce wasn’t breathing, but he and Dan Pesce, the boat’s owner and captain, administred CPR until the teen revived.

They then headed to shore. Devin Pesce is in the hospital in serious condition.


Fire chief calls boy hero, says two could have been trapped

HUDSON, N.H. — A 7-year-old Hudson boy is being called a hero after saving his grandmother from a fire Friday morning.

Fire officials said the boy saw smoke in the house at 13 Mobile Drive and woke his grandmother up. The fire tore through the mobile home, which is considered a total loss.

“There were flames just shooting out everywhere. A lot of smoke,” said neighbor Carol Montminy. “I was like, ‘Oh, my God.’ You can’t believe it. You’re in shock.”

The home caught fire just before 7 a.m. More than a dozen firefighters fought the blaze.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

“It was within minutes of being a fatal fire,” said Deputy Fire Chief John O’Brien.

O’Brien said the boy woke up his grandmother in just enough time to let them escape safely.

“He awoke, saw the trailer filling with smoke and saw the fire in the trailer and woke his grandmother, and they were just barely able to escape,” O’Brien said.

The family dog was unable to make it out and died in the fire. O’Brien said the boy and his grandmother were the only people inside the home at the time.

Investigators said there were no smoke detectors in the home.

“We can’t stress enough the importance of fire detectors,” O’Brien said.

The boy and his grandmother were checked out at a hospital as a precaution but were both OK.

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