Whale boat disabled off Massachusetts
The 83 foot long passenger ship Cetacea became disabled while off Nahant, Massachusetts. The whale watching ship was on a 3 hour trip with 157 passengers and 6 crew when it’s propeller got caught on a mooring cable. The vessel requested assistance with the Coast Gurad dispatching the cutters Tybee and Escanaba to the scene. Divers were brought to the scene, but were unable to detach the cable. Unable to free the vessel from the line, the Coast Guard attempted to transfer the passengers off the Cetacea. Those attempts failed due to rough seas. Passengers remained on board overnight until the following morning when divers were able to cut the passenger ship free. Later investigation found the mooring line was from a lobster trap. No reports of damage or pollution released. Reports state many passengers suffered seasickness with several requiring medical attention.