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Passengers stand on deck of the whale watch boat Cetacea as it docks Tuesday morning, July 29, 2014 at Long Wharf in Boston. The boat snagged a lobster trap rope during a whale watching excursion about 15 miles off the coast of Massachusetts late Monday, and had to spend a night at sea before divers freed it Tuesday morning. Two Coast Guard cutters remained with the vessel during the night. No injuries were reported to any of the 157 passengers or six crew members. (AP Photo/Boston Herald, Mark Garfinkel)
Boat passengers tell of night stranded off Boston
First Published Jul 29 2014 08:56 am • Last Updated Jul 29 2014 08:56 am

Boston • Passengers on a whale watch boat are back on dry land after spending a long night stuck at sea about 15 miles off Massachusetts.

The vessel docked in Boston shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday, more than 17 hours after leaving on what was supposed to be a three-hour voyage.

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The Coast Guard says the boat got snagged by a cable used to moor large vessels. After initial attempts failed, divers cut the cable Tuesday.

No injuries were reported, but Ken Maguire, a passenger who was on the whale watch with his wife and two daughters, says many passengers became seasick during the long wait.

The ordeal was an adventure for 8-year-old Colter Bawden, of Newmarket, Ontario, who says he had never spent the night at sea before.




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